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Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Health & Beauty, How To | 0 comments

6 Ways to Stay Fit with Your Toddler

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When you have a toddler (or two or three) in your life, it’s hard to find time for yourself. And when you do have time for yourself, the last thing you want to do is exercise. Enter your Super Mommy multitasking skills. When you make your kids part of your fitness routine, you’ll find that you’re able to make it through a workout and still have your free time to use as you want – ya know, to shower and sleep.

Here are 6 ways to stay fit with your toddler:

  • Nature walks – If you’re easing your way back into a routine, walking is a good place to start. Finding a park with lots of flowers, trees and possibly wildlife like birds is a good way to keep your little one interested and you moving. When you’re feeling extra ambitious, put baby in the stroller and some extra weight in the cargo basket.

  • Swimming – Having a long winter? Pack it up and head to your local YMCA for a swim in their heated pool. Water aerobics and play are great way to get your heart going and burn some calories without feeling a lot of strain. And kids will love the chance to splash around out of season.

  • Yoga – Kids are weird. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a room to see my 3-year-old with her head on the ground and a leg in the air. There’s no time like now to appeal to that inner weirdness and introduce them to your favorite yoga poses. Find a video to do together and see what happens.

  • Cycling – If you put junior on his tricycle, you’re not going to be promised a Tour de France experience. But if you invest in a bike child seat, you and your little one can really get a move on. Not only will you feel good about the bonding time, you’ll feel great about the extra weight you’ve carried.

  • Dancing – The easiest way to shake off some lbs. no matter what the weather is like, dancing is a family favorite. Turn on the tunes and get silly. The best time to do this is about an hour before nap time. Let them burn energy while you burn calories and enjoy some peace and quiet while their tired little tushes sleep it off!

  • Weight training – You’ve seen the articles online that suggest you use cans of corns as free weights. Lame. You can do better than that. You’ve got a 35-pound free weight running around your house just begging to be tossed into the atmosphere. Some of my personal favorite moves include squats, bench presses and a less traditional move where you stick your leg straight out with your little one sitting on your shin and hold them up as long as possible.

Those blogs that say, “You’re never too busy to get fit!” Eh. It’s hard work, and it’s hard to find time. There are family-friendly gyms out there with sitters for the kids, but they’re not for everyone. With a little creativity, you can get on the right track.

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