Have you put on a few pounds since becoming a mom? Finding it difficult to get to the gym or start any sort of exercise regimen?
It’s totally understandable: Most moms put the needs of their children first, and as a result, moms needs go on the backburner. This is especially true in the case of exercise. How are you supposed to do pilates or go for a run when you have kids in tow?
Fortunately, there is good news: You don’t have to find a sitter to get back into shape! There are plenty of ways that you can get in some good quality exercise while spending some good quality time with your kids.
Spend some time at the Playground
Instead of sitting on a bench or just standing with a watchful eye when you take your kids to the playground, get up and play!
Climb those rock walls. Slide down the slides. Swing so high you’ll almost touch the sky. That playground equipment is almost as good – if not better – for working out those muscles and can definitely help you tone up and trim your waistline. Plus, your kids will love that their mom is playing with them!
Go on a Hike
Or at least a long walk.
Walking provides an array of benefits, including weight loss and toning. Plus, it’s a great way to de-stress and spend some quality time together as a family. It will get you away from the responsibilities that may often distract your attention from your kids, and it will get your kids away
from all that technology and get them to appreciate nature.
While you’re hiking, take the time to point out trees and flowers, explore rivers and streams and just enjoy being in the great outdoors.
Get out on the Bike
The next time your child asks to ride his bike, grab yours and ride alongside him!
Biking is a great way to tone your core, legs and buttocks, and can definitely help you shed those extra pounds. And of course, your child will love that you are riding alongside him – and you’ll love it, too!
To up the fun, challenge your little one to a race, or explore new locations. You’ll have a blast together, and you’ll also enjoy reap the benefits of excellent physical exercise.
Dance it Off!
There’s nothing more freeing and fun than dancing. It’s de-stressing, it allows for creative expression, and it’s just so enjoyable.
Put on some upbeat tunes and show off your moves, and ask you kids to show off their moves. There’s bound to be lots of giggles, and sweat, too!
Get creative! Anything that exerts energy and works out the muscles is bound to get you back into shape, and your kids are bound to love spending the time with you. Plus, you’ll instill the importance of exercise in them. Talk about winning all around!