Finding enough time for fitness is difficult enough, let alone when you have children. But one way you can make it work is to try something you and your kids can do together.
There are a lot of benefits to this. First, it helps you spend quality time with your kids, but you’ll also save time in your schedule that you would’ve spent doing separate activities. It’s also fun to share a hobby and common interest, giving you an activity you can develop together.
Want to enjoy some fitness time with your child? Here are some ideas for active hobbies you can do together.
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Try a class
Taking a class together can be a great way to spend time with your kids. And the good news, is there are a lot of classes for you to choose from. You could find a location that provides classes for all ages, or begin something suitable for your individual age groups. A fast-paced activity like kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is something exciting for them to get involved in, and you could try it yourself too! Explore different classes that are nearby that you and your child may be able to enjoy together.
Running is a fantastic form of exercise, and it’s free to do! It’s the perfect activity to help you stay fit while on vacation and something that you can start doing with your child once they’re old enough. A little run in the morning or after school can be easier to fit into both of your routines, helping you enjoy some daily activity to keep you strong and healthy (and get that energy out of wiggly kids!)
Family hour at the gym
There are a lot of gyms that have a ‘family hour’, as well as those that offer a children’s rate. Taking your kid to the gym can be an effective way of helping them stay active, giving you time to train too. It’s not always easy to juggle working out with taking care of your children, but this will mean you get to bring them along and help them develop some long-lasting fitness habits as well.
Taking the kids swimming is something that many parents do to help keep their kids active and healthy, while also ensuring they have fun. Spending time swimming together will keep you fit, but will also be easy to fit into your schedule. If you can get the whole family or another adult on board, you could even sneak off to swim some laps for a bit while the rest of the family play in the pool.
Daily activity is important, and while your kids will usually get to burn energy running around and playing, it can be a lot harder for you to fit it in. Finding activities that you and your children can do together (or at the same time) makes it easier for you to find time for your fitness routine, and help keep your kids active too!