Monday, February 4, 2013

Exercising with Kids

I have 3 kids ages 8, 4, and a 2 year with old and they definitely keeps me on my toes, if your a mom you'll get it. I know my kids are always saying "I'm bored" so I thought of some ways to entertain them and exercise.
1: Play a game of tag, but while running add in some jump squats. You can tell the kids your pretending to be a frog they'll love it!
2: Make your kids part of your workout, do pushups but have them do it with you. Make it a contest exercise is always more fun when its competitive. 
3: If you go to a park run up and down the hills, you can also use the park bench for some great exercises. With the bench do "step ups" this is where you alternate legs stepping up and down on the bench, great for quads and glutes. Quick fact: Legs are the largest muscle group in the body, working legs is the fastest way to build muscle and continue to burn fat after your workout. "Bench Dips" facing away from the bench put your hands on the bench (almost a crab position or backwards push up) put your legs out in front of you and using your arms move up and down. this is a great exercise for triceps (you know that jiggly part that shakes when you wave).  
4: This is good if you have smaller children, put them on your legs (make sure they are holding on tight) and do leg lifts its really good for abs too! 
5: Go for a family bike ride, or a walk. If you have a stroller while walking do some lunges while pushing the stroller. Alternate running for 30 seconds and walking for 1 minute. Its better to alternate than just run or just walk this will keep your heart rate in the fat burning zone.
These are only a few ideas but you can use your imagination and create your own mix, and remember make it a family event. Getting your family in a good habit of being active will keep your kids and yourself healthy. End your exercise with a good snack, Almonds, veggies with light ranch, a green smoothie(will be posting recipes), or pieces of turkey rolled over string cheese(low fat of course).

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