I'm not sure about you, but my schedule can get a little hectic at times. Rushing to work, grocery shopping, and of course, your kids! As much as you love them, they consume up 99% of your time, so squeezing in workouts when they're around can be a challenge, or can they?
Instead of using the "I don't have time since my kids are with me" excuse, focus your attention on "how can I involve them in the process" type mindset.
Since I have a son, sometimes getting to the gym/getting my typical strength training routine isn't always an option. So, I always make sure I involve him in the process. I also believe it's extremely important that we involve our kids in these types of activities in general.
It not only allows us to squeeze in our workouts into our busy lives, but it also teaches our kids healthy habits, inspires them, and more often than not, it's a lot of fun for them!
Since the weather has been getting increasingly colder by me (I live near Chicago), the typical bike riding I do with my son had to be put on hold. So, instead, I got him involved in exercising with me!
This goes to show you that just because you have children, doesn't mean you cannot still exercise!
Here is a list of some exercises you can do with your kids.
- jumping jacks
- Mountain Climbers
Here are some other activities to do along with your little ones (some weather permitting).
- Jump Rope
- Timed Scavenger Hunts
- Playground Workout
- Rock Climbing
Of course, there are TONS of things you can do to keep yourself active when you are with your kids.
Don't let it stop there!
If you're a real health nut fanatic like I am, make sure to educate your kids and have them help out in the kitchen as well. I make sure to always educate my son about healthier foods, fruits, vegetables, etc. I have him reading the nutrition labels, and I constantly discuss with him the benefits of specific foods over others. When we go out to eat, I make it my mission to always try to eat somewhere healthy, or at the least pick out the healthiest option when we go somewhere. Regardless, he is always eating some type of nutritious vegetable with every meal.
On occasion, I allow him to enjoy junk here and there (I am human after all), but I make it a point to teach him healthy habits now so he will carry it into adulthood. I've even recently taught him how to eat a nutritiously balanced lifestyle if he were to become vegan or vegetarian. I explained to him that he would have to supplement with some type of plant-based protein if here were to go vegan (going vegan is much more difficult than becoming a vegetarian).
He hasn't become vegetarian yet but really wants to because he doesn't like the idea of eating innocent animals.
My point is, get your kids involved. Not only will you succeed in helping them creating healthier habits, but they can help keep you on track as well.