How do you keep fit with young kids in the house? I've got some tried and tested client tips to keep the kids entertained while you're getting your daily 30 min.
Children are great. They are the future after all! But the younger they are the more energetic and attention needing they are. So how do you exercise when you have smaller kids in the house?
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NAP TIME
Find bodyweight exercises that cause minimum noise (so no crazy jumping HIIT - unless your child can sleep through a war!), create a routine that you can complete and work up a sweat while the kids are asleep.
Depending on the weather, you can also drop younger kids in a stroller and take them for a jog during their naptime. It's a perfect way yo blitz your cardio while they're distracted!
PHONE A FRIEND
As social distancing measures become more relaxed, take advantage of fitness with a friend, particularly a friend who has kids at a similar age to yours. You can either let the kids hang together while you work out or drop them off at before/after school care and do a class together. Also, doing a class with a friend is a great way to stay motivated as well as having something to look forward to each week.
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
Take them with you. That could be anything from kicking a football around in the park to rock climbing, to ice skating or cycling. There are so many things you can do with young kids that will still keep you fit and healthy. Find a sport or physical activity that you can all enjoy together. Not only will you get your exercise in, but it's good for bonding too. Here are some more suggestions for you and the kids.
WHAT'S THE PASSWORD?
A good way to keep the kids distracted (especially when they're really young) is to create a blanket fort! When kids have their own fortress or little man cave to run around and feel safe in, they're bee distracted for ages. Fill the fort with books and toys and you've got a good 30 min of free time.
WHO NEEDS WEIGHTS WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS?
Add a little resistance to your bodyweight training by adding your kids! They'll think they're playing horsie, you've just completed a plank from hell. They think they're playing elevator, you're doing 20kg bicep curls. They think they're getting kisses, you've just done a set of push-ups. They won't know the difference, just a bit of extra love, attention and affection. You've just smashed your work out!
All the suggestions above are screen-free - while I'm an advocate for as much screen-free playtime as possible, I'm also a realist. If you need to plonk a screen down in front of them to get your work out done, then do it! It's your kid and your lifestyle, do what works best for you!
It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you get it done :D