Monday, March 4, 2013

Exercising With Kids: What You Need To Know

More often than not, being a parent means losing time for one's self. This is because most of your wake hours are spent on caring for the kids, keeping a day job and managing household chores.

These scenarios are also the common excuses parents say for not exercising. (Yes, I used to be one of those mommies who do not find time to exercise.)

Depending on the current age of your child, there are habits which you can observe to make room for exercising. Take a look at these:

Infant Through Preschool

  • Take note of their nap hours in the morning and in the afternoon.
  • Allot 15 mins in the morning and 15 mins in the afternoon to do some exercise routines. Short videos for this are very useful.
  • For the outdoors, take your child in a stroller and do rounds of briskwalking. 
Gradeschoolers
  •  Plan a rollerblading or skating activity with them after school.
  •  Spend time in the park or playground where you can run and play hide and seek.
  •  Enroll to a swimming or tennis lessons with them every weekends.
Once kids become teenagers, you can have more time for yourself. But if you still want to exercise with them, you can register in some activities like fun runs or friendly tournaments which help you be fit.