Updated: Jun 13, 2020
Who has struggled to find time to exercise during lockdown? Juggling caring for small children and making time for yourself can feel like an impossible task but it is SO important that our children see us exercising and are encouraged to join in. 😁
When it comes to fitting in workouts we have two main options. If your children sleep soundly you can find time early in the morning or after they have gone to bed to sweat - but many of us just don’t feel up to getting sweaty at this time (not in gym kit at least 😉 ) It also doesn’t tick the box of sending positive messages to children on the relationship we need to being physically active. I prefer to workout with my children.
Hands up who has a “leg-clinger”? Yes me too! My little one is 3 and can sense a workout coming no matter how subtly I try to sneak away! I got used to including her in my workouts so it’s become fun for both of us. So my top tip 1 is to make your children your personal cheer-leading squad. I get my kids to count my repetitions (also helps with their number counting!) Encourage your kids to count, cheer you on and support you - they love it and it makes you work harder too.
If you want to get your kids more active then get them out for a walk. While they are dawdling and staring at each blade of grass on the way you can do shuttle runs out and back to them. Obviously this isn’t great for busy places and NEVER go out of sight of your child but you’d be amazed at how much of a workout you can get while they are also getting fresh air and moving around. Older children can join in with you - just be careful not to overdo it and always carry water with you. If you want to increase the intensity of your workout and add some body weight exercises then each time you get back to your child then add in 10 squats, then 10 push-ups, 10 squat jumps - any exercise will help build muscle and push your heart rate up. You will see your little ones watching you (and possibly wondering what you are doing!) but they might also start to join in. Enjoy!