Truth: If something is important to you, you’ll find away. If it’s not important, you’ll find an excuse.
So how do we manage the things that are important (exercise) with other things that are important (small humans who live with us).
Here are my favorite ways to work fitness into my day when I am home with the small humans with no break in sight.
- Make up your own Tabata workout. Tabata is a form of High Intensity Interval Training (also knows as HIIT) that uses short intervals of high intensity exercises combined with shorter intervals of rest. Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be. Pick a few exercises that you like. Perform each for 8 rounds of 20 seconds each with 10 seconds of rest in between. Rest for one minute before moving on to the next exercise. You can use this free timer that makes it a little easier!
- Core on the floor. When the kids are watching TV, playing a game or creating things with legos, grab your yoga mat or a corner of carpet and hold a plank followed by a couple of side planks (30-60 seconds each). Follow up with leg flutters and a core twist for 30 seconds each. Repeat the whole thing 3-4 times.
- Find a kids’ workout on YouTube and make it a family affair. Some of my favorites are Fitness Blender’s Kids’ Workout, Join the Challenge Dance Workout (a little long, but we break it up) and this Kid’s Workout Video. My boys also think the Cosmic Kids Yoga lady is hilarious, they will do the workout just to listen to her talk. It’s not the most challenge yoga workout for adults, but it’s a good stretch at the end of a busy day!
- There are tons of ideas online for cardio games for kids. Check out this one, this one and this one. Find a few ideas that you like, don’t make a big deal out of it and just start playing. There’s always the tried and true “I’m gonna get you!”
- Pulse squats to your favorite (fast) song. Whaaat? Trust me on this one. Put on your favorite dance-y song, do three pulse squats then stand along with the beat for the entire song (squat, squat, squat, stand, squat, squat, squat, stand). My favorite is “Another One Bites The Dust“. You will feel it tomorrow. Trust me on this one.
Do you have a favorite way to work fitness into your day, around the littles? Share and comment!
(The all important disclaimer: Please note that all information shared in this post is for educational purposes only. These materials and programs do not constitute therapy and they are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure a medical or emotional condition nor are they a substitute for professional medical advice.)