Are you longing to get fit but always use the excuse – 'I can't, I've got to look after the kids'? Banish those excuses; get your kids involved too. By simply incorporating exercise into your daily routine, or making it into a game or adventure of sorts, you'll be able to keep them entertained and ensure you reach your weight loss goals.
Our Community Users who have babies or small children say that they find walking or even running with the pram is a great way to exercise. "I have a 7 month old baby daughter, and unless I get a baby sitter I have no chance!" says Claire from the West Midlands. "I put my daughter in the push chair, and we go out for a nice long walk." "When my two were young I used to put them in the pram and go for a run," says Kate from Leeds. "The kids really enjoyed themselves, laughing at the bumpy ride!"
Once the children are a little older, leave the car at home. Walking is a great way to exercise with your children; not only will you get fitter, but you will also be helping the environment too!
Another good way to get fit is to get the kids to emulate their footie heros in a local park. "I take my children to the local field with a football, and we have a good kick around. I tell you, chasing two toddlers across a field to get the ball back, and then kicking it away from us all to chase again gets your pulse racing!" says Susan from Northumberland. Cycling
Cycling is a great way to get fit with both younger and older children. "We love to go on family cycle rides," says Betty from Wales. "The older two children ride on their own bikes and the little one sits on a seat at the back of his dad's bike. We pack a picnic and make a day of it. It's great fun!" Dance Mat
Lucy from Essex admits: "I love to work out on my daughter's dance mat! It is great; the kids get fed up with me though because I take over!" "Our dance mat is brilliant," says Julie from Cleveland. "We can put our own music on it and it makes up dances. Me and the kids play on it all the time, it really gives you a good work out." Skipping
Skipping can be fun and is a really good way to get fit; it also gives you a fantastic cardio workout. "We've got a skipping rope," says Mary from Cheshire. "My girls love it when we play skipping, and it's good fun and can be done indoors or outdoors." Swimming
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise as it works almost all of your major muscle groups - your arms, legs, back, bum, and chest, as well as your heart and lungs. "I'm always going swimming with the kids," says Irene from Manchester. "It's great now that they are a bit older, because we have competitions to see who can swim the most lengths in five or 10 minutes. It's a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time."
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