How you and your children can stay active together

If you’re a full-time working mom your probably so busy that you aren’t able to work out in the manner that you’d like. Or if you do work out, it may feel rushed or not as intense or for as long as you’d like.  I know for a lot of women, getting off work often means picking children up from daycare or school, having to cook or throw something together, cleaning up, playing with the children, putting them to bed, and then at that point you’re so exhausted that you just don’t have the energy or stamina to work out. Some women are able to get up at 5 AM and do a short run or short work out before waking their children up, but some days even getting up that early is difficult.  Not to mention that if we work a full-time schedule, that means we aren’t able to spend as much time with our children as we may like. For many of us, especially moms, that means that we’d prefer to spend any extra time with our children or with our husband/wife. For that reason I’m a huge proponent of figuring out how to incorporate an active lifestyle into your normal routine, and also how you can maintain activity while spending time with your children.

*I don’t know about you, but I can’t wake up early for anything. I’m not a morning person, and certainly can’t fathom the idea of getting up to run a mile.  So I recommend bringing your gym shoes and i-pod and during lunch breaks either heading over to the gym or walking around outside for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week.

*I’m a huge proponent of family boot camp.  This means after dinner, you, your “so”, and your children all working out together to burn those dinner calories. This could be you guys all exercising to Taebo(if your children are over the age of 9). If you have daughters, this could mean dancing to dance music together. Or if you have younger children this could mean going out in the backyard and running up and down the lawn, racing, etc. Allow your kids to motivate you.

*Sign the whole family up for Karate. Every Saturday morning you guys can all get up and go to the class at the Karate center or your choice. Kids love karate and it’s a great way for you to learn self-defense, burn calories, and have fun with the family!

*Do a family walk. It could be every Saturday and Sunday. You guys go to an area of town that is walker friendly, or go on a trail, or even walk around the neighborhood for about an hour. During that time you fast walk, but catch up on life. If you have bicycles, you guys can bicycle together instead.

*Have contests. Every night hold a different exercise contest(i.e. pushups night, or jump jacks night). Who ever can do the most of the selected exercise doesn’t have to clean up the kitchen the next night.

*Wii. Enough said. Kids love it. You’ll love it. You work out together and everyone is willing to get involved.

*Have a family weigh in at the end of each week.  This motivates everyone to want to get in shape, maintain weight, and continue on with the family work outs, or personal work-outs.

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