Whoever said that having kids ruins your health and fitness lifestyle certainly hasn’t tried it out yet. Sure, you may not be able to go to the best gym in the Philippines like you always wanted, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to exercise at all. There may be less time to do so because you have to juggle work and taking care of your family but you still have free time somewhere in between. Of course, there are moments when you’d rather sit at home and watch your favorite series and films instead of hitting the gym, but that very rarely happens or maybe always.
Okay, it may be possible for your fitness to take a dip once you have kids because then you’d be focused on keeping your family happy by working hard and running errands. If you’re in the same situation, then you may be thinking that the next time you can achieve some serious exercise is when the kids are old enough to take care of themselves and have their own lives.
Well, what if we tell you that you don’t have to wait that long and that you can perfectly do your work-out routines at home. Even if you couldn’t, you can change them up so you can do them while you’re at home and looking after the kids. In fact, you may even want to try exercising with them. Don’t believe us? Here are some easy exercises that any parent can do while at home with the kids!
Yoga is a fairly easy exercise to learn and teach to your young ones. You can lay down your mats side by side and perform simple yoga poses together. Kids are fairly flexible so you can guarantee that they’d have no problem hitting the poses. You, on the other hand, may find it slightly difficult, so just let your kid’s ability inspire you to do your best.
Planking is another exercise that you can do at home while enjoying a day with the kids. You probably know how to do this but we’ll tell you in case you don’t. In order to plank, you need to put your elbows or the entirety of your lower arm to the floor and use that as well as the tip of your toes to raise yourself up. Hold this position for as long as you can and wait until sweat trickles down your face.
Push-ups are one of the simplest forms of exercise that you can do almost anywhere as long as you have sufficient space. At home, you can move the furniture around to get the space you need to do this. Additionally, you can ask your kids to ride on your back and do some weighted push ups. Just make sure they aren’t sitting to high or too low your back, though, so you don’t hurt yourself.
Crunches are like sit-ups but better, harder, and more intense. You do this first by lying down and getting into sit up position–as in having your back straight to the ground and your hands behind or beside your face. After that, instead of planting your feet on the ground, lift them up with your knees bent. When you’re in the proper position, lift your body as you would during a sit up, and, voila, you’re doing crunches.
Surely, you have a good chair in your home which you can use to do some chair squats; these are just squats except with a chair. The purpose of the chair is to make sure that you aren’t bending too much, which may not be good for your body. To do this, stand a few inches from the chair and perform your squats. Lower your hips until your bottom lightly taps the chair and then carefully ascend and straighten your legs. Do this repeatedly until you’ve had enough.
If you don’t want anything too technical and just want to have a good time with your kid, then we highly suggest that you resort to dancing. After you’ve made sure that no one in the house is sleeping or doing something that needs absolute concentration, blast some music and dance with your kids until you get tired. Not only will you burn calories, you’ll also be able to show off your dance moves to your kids and prove to them that you’re a really cool and fun parent.
These are exercises that you can do alone or with your kids. If it’s the latter, then we suggest that you make it a competition and dare your kid to do more than you. If you’re in great shape, then there’s a high chance that they’ll tap out before you. But, hey, at least they tried and you were able to achieve peace for a few seconds.
Additionally, if your kid doesn’t perfectly pull these exercises off, don’t fret and get mad. What’s important is that they’re having fun while you’re actually getting some actual exercise. If, however, you are also doing poorly, then it may be best to leave your work-out routines for the best gym in the Philippines where a professional trainer can keep an eye on you and make sure you aren’t hurting yourself in the process!