No Babysitter? Try These Fun Fitness Ideas With Your Kids


No Babysitter? Try These Fun Fitness Ideas With Your Kids

No Babysitter? Try These Fun Fitness Ideas With Your Kids

When you spend your days changing dirty diapers and battling mountains of laundry, it’s easy to let your fitness goals slide. Some parents feel guilty taking time for themselves to exercise, while others simply can’t afford – or even find – a dependable babysitter. Luckily, you don’t have to leave your home to get a gym-worthy body. Transform your ambitions into achievements by trying these fun fitness ideas with your kids.


Obstacle Course

Create an age-appropriate obstacle course using household items. If you have a child who can’t walk yet, push them in a stroller as you make your way around the course. Toddlers and older kids can do the course with you.

You can make a kid-friendly course with any of the following items:

  • Full or empty diaper boxes
  • Laundry baskets
  • Toys
  • Rope, string, or yarn
  • Pots and pans
  • Tires

You can build a course in your yard, driveway, garage, or basement. An obstacle course is a great alternative to video games and TV on rainy days, especially since research shows that the average child spends a shocking 7.5 hours in front of a screen each day.


Laundry Toss Fitness

Strengthen your triceps and enhance your little one’s gross motor skills by tossing objects into an empty laundry basket. Depending on the durability of your basket, you can use baseballs, rolled socks, small plastic toys, or wadded-up newspaper.

Start by tossing objects into the basket from a foot or two away, and do this until you’ve each tossed 10 or 20 objects into the basket. After that, move the basket a few feet away, making sure to jump around and cheer when it’s not your turn to throw objects. Continue doing this until you get in at least 30 minutes of activity, which meets the American Heart Association’s recommended daily minimum for moderate-intensity exercise.


Dance Party 

Crank up the tunes and jam around the living room or backyard with your family. Dancing for just 30 minutes burns anywhere from 105 to 620 calories, making it a wonderful exercise option for anyone who is wanting a trim figure. If you’re hoping to burn a lot of calories during your dance party, make sure to move quickly and constantly. Shimmy your hips, twist your legs, and swing your arms in the air for a full-body workout that’s anything but boring.

Make up your own dance moves with your kids, or watch YouTube videos to learn popular dances. The ‘Nae Nae’ is one you might want to learn, even though it’s a few years old. You can also practice dances your kids might end up doing at weddings or proms in the future, such as the ‘Electric Slide’.


Superhero Showdown Fitness

Are your kids constantly dashing through the house as they pretend to save the world from bad guys? Join in the action by having a superhero showdown with your family. If you have costumes, wear them. If not, find some old T-shirts and turn them into superhero attire.

Grab sticks or plastic swords, and chase each other around the yard. Jump off curbs or small flights of stairs and pretend you can fly (you may want to avoid letting toddlers do this), or climb trees to get a better view of situations that require a hero to save the day. You’ll have a blast doing this creative activity together.


Exercise with your Pet

If it’s nice outside, take your family dog on a walk around the park. Your kids will love getting outside and running around. Take along a frisbee or a ball for some extra exercise. Your whole family will benefit from getting outdoors. And if you want to make a few extra bucks to boost the family budget, sign up to be a dog walker. You can take your own dog for a walk along with your clients’ pooches, and make a little dough in the process.

Life is hectic as a mom or dad, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in fitness. If you’ve vowed to get in shape this year, round up the kids and try the activities above. You’ll enjoy quality time together while creating healthy habits, which is a win-win situation for everyone involved.


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