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Exercising With Kids

Depending on the age of your kids, school holidays can be a little more challenging to fit in your exercise plan.

Exercise With Older Children

Here are five simple ways to achieve some exercise during the day, with the kids so you can stay on your weight loss plan or healthy lifestyle plan.

  1. Take them to the park or playland and do what they do.

You might look a little crazy or it might be quite difficult to climb up the rope or ladder, but if you try to do it and keep following your child/children’s lead you will get an all body workout.

Parks are the perfect place for a workout. There are:

  • Swings to localise your core
  • Steps for step ups
  • Rope/ladders to climb
  • Slides to run up
  • See saws to localise your core and use your quadriceps
  • Benches for pushups and dips
  • Grass to chase and run

2. Take them to the beach

This is one of the most beautiful places to get some incidental exercise and really break into the sweat. Get down onto the sand, tell the kids to run and then you can chase them.

Soft sand running is perfect for your core, you legs and the all important butt. Sand running is such a great and tiering exercise that you might only get 15 minutes done before you are EXHAUSTED.

3. Hire some bikes

Even if you have little kids, bike hire places have either seats to attach to the bike or you could pull the little ones behind in a caboose. Or if you children are a little older, their bike can be attached to your bike or of course they could ride a bike all by themselves.

Bike riding is an enjoyable and relatively relaxed way to obtain a little exercise with the whole family. It is a great leg work out as well.

4. Obstacle course

If the weather is not so great in your neck of the woods, create an obstacle course around the house that the kids have to achieve and you also. Similarly to the park, this will obtain an all body workout.

Some ways you could achieve an obstacle fitness course are by:

  • Pulling the bed out from the wall and using it as an option to climb over
  • Cleaning the kitchen table down and using it as an object to climb over and climb under
  • Place kitchen chairs on their side and use them to climb or hurdle over
  • Turn some toy boxes over and use them to either climb over or as a turning point
  • Place some skipping ropes on the ground that you have to run either side of
  • Tie up a skipping rope so that it is around 30 cm off of the ground and use it as a place you have to crawl under
  • Place pillows on the ground, separate them and jump from pillow to pillow.

Try doing 10 laps and you will be in a sweat and giggles of laughter.

5. Dance

Dance dance dance. Make up a performance together or separately and perform it to each other. Your kids will love it, especially the girls (if you let them dress up in your clothes and makeup). If you kids are a little young, take turns of doing short dances or play musical statues or just dance to them!!!

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written by:

Amanda Dos Santos

Mandy is an experienced Nutritionist, food scientist and writer with over 10 years experience in the Heath industry. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative and current blog posts and contributing to our recipe books. She has played an integral part in creating the recipes on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges since they first started in July 2014.Mandy is a mum of three and loves working for The Healthy Mummy, ”Especially on the challenges as I can create recipes which empower women to create nourishing food for themselves and their families’."