Is exercise a challenge? Yes, I believe to most individuals, it is. It may be doubly difficult for busy parents. But don’t kids emulate their parents? Why not encourage one another into exercising because the chances of kids exercising are high when their parents are into it and vice versa.
Do I hear, “I’m a parent; I juggle parenting and work and I don’t have time to workout,” from some of you? I can understand that but I know you know the importance of regular physical activities. If your kids don’t see you engaging in fitness regimes, they might not see it as something significant to stay healthy, energized and fit.
So where do you begin? I hope it is as simple as playing tag which kids love and exercise problem is solved. However, it involves more than that such as how to fit exercise into your schedule. A little planning can go a long way so read on.
- Introduce the idea to them as early as possible
From the time they are small until pre-school, show your kids the beauty of exercising. Do some toning exercises while they play in their cribs. Squats, push ups and tricep dips are ideal. Burn some calories by dancing with them every now and then. Go for a brisk walk in the park as your push the stroller or ride a bike together.
- Do activities together as they progress to grade school.
Children love spending time at the park, running and doing all sorts of childish games. I have seen kids work on the monkey bars with ease. Why not try joining them sometimes and see for yourself that is does your upper body good. There are some activities that I enjoy doing and I have witnessed how kids love doing it too and these are biking, rollerblading and skating. How about asking your kid to a race up and down the stairs and see who finishes at least 3 rounds first? Or what about letting them pick out a dance-style exercise video? Let them choose the video, and do it together.
- Work out with your teenagers.
I love fun runs because they are exciting. I get to meet a lot of people who share the same interest of becoming physically fit. And because teenagers love socializing, they are sure to love the activity too and it could be a great way for both parents and their teens to engage in an activity that benefits them physically. If running is not your kind of thing, there are other activities to enjoy such as playing basketball, tennis or simply doing house chores like gardening, raking leaves, mowing the lawn.
I know how beneficial regular workouts are that is why I as much as I can, I encourage you to engage in them whether you are single or married and with children. Won’t you agree with me when I say exercising with your kids is a nice way to enjoy a quality family bonding time?