Whether it’s camping in the wilderness or taking a day to go to the beach, there are plenty of things to do to have fun with kids. However, it’s also important to stay in shape at the same time. If you’re a parent, you’re probably wondering how to stay in shape when you have kids?
We get it, between carpools and 3 am feedings life can be a little hectic for a working mom. That’s why you have to be a little creative when it comes to exercising with the kids in tow, after all, you can’t leave them with a babysitter every time you want to head to the gym.
You can Still Join a Gym
The days when you had to beg someone to keep the kids while you headed to the gym for a much-needed workout are long gone. Today there are plenty of gyms with childcare available, and many of them even have classes for the little ones to get them in shape as well. Check your local area and see if there’s a child-friendly option close to you.
Head out for Pre and Post Dinner Walks Together
Most moms already know the benefits of walking, but they don’t know the benefits of walking before and after dinner with the kids. Not only does walking after dinner help you to shed the calories you just ate, but it also teaches the kids good habits when it comes to fitness. Taking walks together helps you and the kids, mentally, physically, and emotionally as well, and helps you get in shape at the same time.
Walk or Run for Charity
A perfect way to get in shape with the kids, and teach them about giving at the same time is to walk or run for charity. Whether it’s a charity for cancer or something else, this way of getting in shape will teach your children about fitness and compassion and giving back as well.
Walk the Dog Together
The dog has to be walked, so why not do it with the kids. You’re getting in your exercise and are still able to take the kids with you at the same time. If you don’t have a dog to walk, then head out with the kids to look for dogs together. It’s the perfect carrot to dangle to get them to go with you. Just be careful not to run up on any dogs that you don’t know.
Do Yard Work Together
The yards have to be cleaned, so why not get your exercise at the same time. Instead of waiting until the kids are in school or down for a nap to rake up those fall leaves, put them out there doing it with you. Make a fun game of it by jumping in the piles of leaves or even getting some cute lawn bags to put the leaves in after they are raked. It’s the perfect way to spend time with the kids and keep yourself in shape while you’re doing it, making it a win-win for all of you. After all, the yard has to be raked, so doing it together is a major plus for you and the kids.
These are just a few of the top ways that you can stay in shape with kids. Carpools and work take up a lot of time, so you exercise when you can and bring the kids along for the ride. These tips can help you do that and have fun while doing it as well.