Workout with your Kids

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Sometimes fitting a workout into your schedule seems almost impossible with all the responsibilities. Not only do you have to cook, clean, monitor and provide, you must also take care of your own physical health. But carving out time for a solo workout is challenging, especially with kids.

Fortunately, there are ways to include them so you don’t have to sacrifice. You can fit in exercise throughout the day, while giving your kids healthy habits to emulate. Besides, less than one-quarter of children ages 6 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. So, you’ll also be doing them a favor.

Take a nature walk

Get outside and take in some fresh air. A walk in nature stimulates all the senses and is a terrific way to get moving.

Yoga

Yoga is the ideal indoor exercise with its low-impact movements. All levels can get full benefits, and it can be fun.

Optimize commercial time

If you’re in the middle of watching TV with your kids, skip commercials by turning them into brief bursts of exercise. Break into jumping jacks, body squats or planks during each break.

Start a dance party

Turn up the music and move. Dancing gets your heart rate up, expels excess energy and burns calories.

Hit the playground

Playgrounds aren’t just for the young. While the kids are swinging, use the equipment to develop your own circuit with pushups, pullups and sprints.

Splash in the pool

Swimming keeps kids active while you tread water or swim laps. You can even challenge them to a race, just keep a good eye on them.

Play in the snow

In the winter, get out the sleds, skis or just have a snowball fight. Running back up the hill just to slide down is excellent exercise and wonderful family fun.