If you’re a busy mom, and you’ve found time to make fitness a priority, chances are that your kids have noticed, and may have even had their curiosity piqued about your method of getting in shape, whether it’s weightlifting, running, or yoga. Now your kid wants to workout... what do you do?!
When you exercise with your kids It’s mainly an opportunity to introduce a little fitness and give them a chance to have fun with exercise. In the meantime, try to help them with good form with certain exercises, because learning to do it right is just as important as doing it at all Anyway, here are some of the things we do at home. They’re hard enough that I feel I’m getting some good exercise, but simple enough that the kids can mostly keep up.
1. Planking Put your elbows on the floor, raise up on the tips of your toes, and keep your back straight and your abs tight in a line. Hold that position as long as you can. 30 seconds is pretty good if your kids can hold it that long.
2. Squats Put your feet a shoulders’ width apart and do deep knee bends as if you’re sitting down on an invisible box. Put your arms out. Make sure your knees don’t extend past your toes.
3. Push-ups Keep your abs tight and your back straight; you can do this with a straight or bent knee.
4. Crunches Sit-ups, but not all the way from floor to knee. Just curl your chest toward your knees. (These are called “curl-ups” at my kids’ school.)
5. Lunges Take a step. Touch your back knee to the floor, and make sure your front knee doesn’t extend past the toes.
6. Side leg raises Just like Jane Fonda used to do! Keep your legs straight.
7. Burpees These are pretty tough for me, and a whole sequence of them will really get your heart racing. Squat, then put your hands to the ground. Kick your legs straight back behind you, landing on your toes. Then do a push-up, bring your legs back underneath you, and jump straight up off the floor. That’s one burpee.
8. Mountain Climbers Start in a push-up position, then alternate bringing one foot at a time forward toward your armpit and then extend it back out. It almost looks like a stationary bear crawl.
9. Butterfly Kicks Lie on your back. Keeping your abs tight, raise your feet just barely off the floor and flutter-kick them. This one makes my girls giggle, which then makes their abs loosey-goosey, which makes it hard for them to do the exercise. But it’s fun all the same.
10. V-ups This one’s like a sit-up, but in the shape of a V. Lie back, extend your arms out above your head on the floor, then lift your legs and raise your torso and hands until you make a V. Reach toward your feet, then back down again.
Veronica Vargas Mother of 1 and business owner of Bodies By V.V. guides busy moms and women towards eating and moving towards a healthy lifestyle. The Blog that gets right to the point!
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