If you are a runner or a person who trains on a regular basis, starting a family can become a challenge. Incorporating your family into your regular exercise routine is something which can help you stay active, and at the same time spend quality time with your spouse and children.
Many times, the care for children, especially when they are babies or very young can take up all of your time, and your fitness schedule can be put on pause. But, if you follow the following tips, you can successfully do both at the same time:
Get a running stroller.
Once your baby reaches the height and weight requirements for safe riding in the running stroller, you can easily take it with you for your daily runs. A good quality running stroller should provide the safety and be comfortable to push even during intensive running. Plus, pushing it will add a strength workout to your running as well. Of course, it is always advisable to ask your pediatrician when it is safe to start running with your baby.
When your children are old enough, you take them running with you.
You get them bicycles so that they can keep up with you and have a fun time at the same time. If you enjoy cycling, you can get a baby bicycle trailer to put your baby in and take it with you when riding your bicycle.
If you are a person who prefers to dance, then you can engage your whole family to participate in your zumba classes at your local gym or at home. There are various Zumba DVDs which you can use to practice in the comfort of your own home with your children and your significant other.
Go hiking together
Another way to incorporate your family into your fitness regimen is to go hiking together, or walking together to the nearby park. This can be done even if your baby is small. Just get a baby carrier or the stroller with you.
By teaching your children to stay active and to enjoy such activities, you will set an excellent example for them and will create healthy habits from a very early age. Needless to say, in modern times when children spend hours in front of screens eating junk food, this is a perfect way to make sure that they stay active and fit as they grow up.
Encourage active competitions
You can be as creative as you want and start various types of competitions at home or outdoors, and engage your family members to be active participants. Children love challenges, so make sure that you think of some fun awards for the winners and for the other participants.
Even babies need to work on developing their motor skills, so instead of putting them in their chairs in front of the TV, make sure you go out on walks and runs with them from an early age.
You can establish a family tradition of taking walks before or after dinner. Walk around your block or to the nearby park. If you have a dog, take your family out for a nice long walk together. This again, will help create better habits in children, which will likely stick once they grow up.
Also, you can encourage your children to dance with you at home. Put on some fun, energizing music and just dance it out with them.
Household chores can also be turned into fun activities, if you start early and create some family games to play during these household activities with them.
You can also ask your children to participate in cleaning up the yard from leaves, or give you a hand with some of the gardening. This will keep them away from their video games and phones, and will allow them to breathe the fresh air and stay as active as possible.
Participate in charity sports events together
You can engage your entire family to participate in a local charity walk, run or sports event with you. The children will love the fact that they are helping a good cause and will try to do their best at such events.
There is no need to say goodbye to exercising once you become a parent. True, you will be spending all of your time making sure that your baby is safe and properly taken care of, but this doesn’t mean you should neglect your wellbeing and forget about your active lifestyle from before that.
The writer: Cara is a blogger and footwear enthusiast who loves writing. She hopes to help her readers find the best quality footwear for their specific needs and sports. Make sure to visit her websites Comforthacks and Fitaholicgear to read her tips and check her shoes recommendations.