Working out as a parent can be harder work that it needs to be. There’s a lot of organizing to be done, especially when it comes to the childcare of the children while you’re out exercising – especially for the single parents out there. Sticking to a routine can be hard, as there are all sorts of issues that may arise; children are unpredictable, and it’s never ok to assume that you will be committed to what you are doing throughout the year when there are things like sick days, school plays and tiredness to contend with. However, more and more parents are opting to work out with their kids in tow. Whether through getting them involved in the exercise or tagging along for the ride, it seems to be a method that is working.
If you want to go for a run, chances are that your children aren’t going to want to accompany you. If they do, they will lose energy more quickly than you will and will not be able to keep up until they’re approaching their teens. For the smaller children, looking at jogging strollers could be the answer. Most of them are adaptable to fit on the back of your bike as a trailer as well, but having them as an easy buggy to push along whilst you’re getting your fitness routine in is an excellent way of exercising. The fresh air and getting out of the house can be enough to tire most young children out, and the thrill of the fast ride that differs from their normal walk around in a boring old stroller offers a great level of excitement for them.
If you still have a child that can fit in a sling (and they can up to five years old, depending on the make!), there are sling dancing classes available for you to take advantage of. These offer great workouts that focus on your core strength as well as your ability to move your body with a weight attached – which only grows week by week, meaning that you will have to exert yourself more as your child gets bigger! It’s a fun concept but not for everyone, but at least you know that you don’t have to be graceful in this class; everybody else is working out with a small human attached to them too, not just you.
Getting out to a family dance class, whilst giving you the opportunity to exercise, is a fantastic bonding experience for all of the family. Zumba offers moves that can be built upon, so it’s great for kids or basic beginners. If you want to exert yourself more, there will be certain things that you can do to do so – you just need to ask your instructor. Putting the fun into working out is something that definitely needs to be promoted with children from a young age in order to instill a good relationship that they’ll have with exercise in the future.