After having a kid or two, parents may feel a little chubby and try as they might, they can’t sneak in time to hit the gyms. But who said we can only exercise in gyms?
Here are a few ideas showing how parents can workout while watching the kids!
1. Use the kids as weight
Callisthenics is one of the fastest ways to shed weight and it tones the body. A way to workout while playing with your child is to use them as weights! Parents can start with 10- 15 piggyback squats with the toddler on the back and then do 5- 10 piggyback lunges on each leg. Next, squat and press your child overhead.
Parents can even try holding a plank with the kid on the back and even do some push-ups in this position. Mummies and daddies will be working and firing their core muscles while the kids think it’s all play!
Also, check out this Supermom Workout for more ideas.
2. Exercise like children
Play is an important part of their childhood and it’s also their exercise so why not join in? Have a crawling competition across the hall using basic bear crawls to crab crawls. It works every part of the body. Parents can even play running games with the kids such as Tag You’re It or see who can do the most jumps using a jumping rope. Cycling is also a form of exercise so bring out the bicycles!
3. Do Animal Flow with the kids
Animal yoga is good for parents who need a stretch and having kids join in make keeping watch a little easier. For a better workout, go for Animal Yoga Flow because the moves change into another in a continuous movement (working the body better!).
The kids will have fun mimicking animal poses and movements. By doing yoga, both parents and the kids will be working on their mobility and this improves the child’s confidence in their body. For simpler moves for kids, refer to this Animal Yoga chart.
4. Find your fitness tribe
Truth be told, you won’t be the only parent who wants to get back into shape. Seek out other parents who want a workout partner but are also shy to start exercising. Workout partners keep each other accountable and can help motivate each other on down days.
5. Don’t stress out
It’s not a must to get back your original body. If mummies feel bad about their body image and want to do something about it, start slow and be patient. Mummies have to be kind to themselves too. Research has also shown a mother’s low opinion about her body may affect her kids’ perception of their own bodies too.
Just remember to have a balanced lifestyle and have fun. We don’t need to be Spartans.