I have a couple of friends (read: supermoms) who have embraced the whole ‘I have kids but I want to stay in shape’ thing by doing workouts at home.
That’s right. With their kids around.
It has its challenges, but they are living proof it‘s possible. Here’s what I’ve learned from them about making home workouts a reality when your kids are around:
Initially, at least, your kids are going to think this is the coolest thing ever, and like all adult things, they’re going to want a slice.
One friend of mine has bought her two year old his own (kid-friendly weight) barbells. When she does her workout in the mornings he does it with her. The kid hasn’t mastered talking yet but his overhead press is legitimately impressive.
Another way you can include your kids is to chase them around the house for 10 minutes – it’s great cardio.
If you were planning on doing a timed set, that might be difficult. With slightly older kids, 3/4, you might be able to explain to them that you need to focus and hand them a toy or an iPad, but you know kids, if they need you now, they need you know, and the potty waits for no man!
If working out with the kids awake really isn’t an option, try getting up earlier. Most parents would say waking up earlier is a challenge, which is totally fair, but maybe aim for one early morning a week to start and see how you go.
Invite other parents over and send the kids off to play, all you need is 30 minutes to get a solid sweat in!
You know what weighs a whole lot more than you 10 lb dumbbell? Your toddler. Lifting (carefully) will give them the giggles and tone your arms FOR SURE.
What are some ways you include your kids in your workouts?
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