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Tips to Exercising With Kids

Infant through pre-school

  • Fit in exercise time while they are napping. Try a home exercise video, walking or jogging (if you have a treadmill), jumping rope.
  • Occupy them for even 15 minutes with a video or toy while you do some toning exercises like squats and tricep dips.
  • Grab your stroller and go for a brisk walk*. Or, buy a jogging stroller for more flexibility. With a jogging stroller you can walk faster, jog or even run at a fast pace. And, for veteran rollerbladers, you can even use the stroller for some skating time.
  • For younger children, you can use a back carrier to transport them while walking. This can burn even more calories as the extra weight makes it more challenging.
  • Turn on some music and dance together. Toddlers love dancing, especially when their parents joins in.
  • Push your kid on a swing. And, after every push complete one squat.
  • Use an infant carrier or bike trailer to enjoy a bike ride together.

Grade School

  • Try rollerblading or skating together.
  • Spend an afternoon at a park with a playground, but don’t spend the whole time relaxing on the sidelines – join in on the fun. Spend some time swinging to help workout your legs. Try making it across the monkey bars – even just once (it’s a great upper body workout and you’ll be amazed that your kid does it with such little ease). Try some pull-ups using a bar on the playset. Do some tricep dips on a nearby park bench.
  • Play catch with a ball or get a small group together for a kickball or softball game.
  • Make Saturdays family bike outing day.
  • Involve your kids while you strength train. Let them count your reps out loud for you and/or clock your rest time in-between sets.
  • For pool outings, don’t just spend time soaking up the sun. Walk back and forth in shallow water while your kids have fun splashing about.
  • On rainy days that force you inside, walk or run up and down the stairs. You might even make it a contest to see who can finish 5 complete rounds first.

Teenagers

  • Register for a fun run (or walk) event and spend time together training for the event.
  • Purchase a family gym membership and workout together weekly.
  • Play tennis or basketball together.
  • Consider joining a community volleyball or softball team that includes enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Don’t just sit and cheer your kids at their sporting events. Every few minutes do some walking or jumping jacks or squats.
  • Implement a daily family walk each day before or after dinner.
  • Work together in the yard raking leaves, planting flowers, trimming trees.