It’s not easy to work out with kids around. So much time is taken up by housework, employment, and spending time together as a family. But here are ten ways to workout with kids, you’ll be sure to find one that works for you.
10 ways to workout with kids
1. First thing in the morning
I know not everyone wants to wake up early in the morning so that they can workout. But it is a great way to fit a few more things into your day.
Naptime is a magical time. It’s the two or so hours o the day where I get the most done. And if I know there isn’t another chance for a bit of exercise later in the day; nap time is perfect.
3. When they are asleep at night
Jus like nap time, I get a lot done after bedtime. I know sometimes it isn’t ideal to work out after dinner, but done is better than nothing. And these days many gyms are open 24 hours, so if you have a partner at home now is the perfect time to sneak in a workout.
4. Go for a walk
A short or long stroll is better than nothing. On a nice day, I like to walk to the shops when I need to pick up a few supplies.
If your kids are still small enough to be contained by a playpen, set it up near where you want to workout. You can get your workout done and keep an eye on them at the same time.
6. Gym with crèche
Some gyms offer a creche or childcare facility which can be an absolute lifesaver for many people.
7. Workout with you
While it’s not always practical, get your kids working out with you. Often when I do a HIIT workout, I have a little copycat next to me trying to copy all the moves.
8. Dance party
A dance party might be a bit unconventional, but it will still get the blood pumping and the muscles moving. I’m not ashamed to admit I know the dance moves to some of The Wiggles’ songs and a few from Playschool.
Do not underestimate a trip to the park. As well as giving you a chance for some exercise, it’s also a great way to help wear out the kids. You can get the body moving by running around after them and playing on the equipment too. Bonus points if you walk to the park!
10. Find a partner
Find a partner, but not a workout partner! Enlist the services of someone that you trust to look after your children so you can get in a workout.