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Exercise is vital to each person’s good health. We need exercise to keep our blood running easily through our arteries and veins, to keep our weight at healthy levels and to help keep our stress levels down.
It also aids in keeping cardiovascular disease, depression and other illnesses at bay. It’s hard for most people to find time to exercise, but it’s harder when you have little ones because they are so demanding of your time and energy.
There are ways though, to sneak it in even when you have kids on board. It works even if you do it in short bursts of a few minutes rather than extended workouts of an hour or so. If your child or children are still quite small, strap them in the stroller and get walking.
The kids will enjoy the fresh air and you’ll get a good workout, especially if you walk at a good pace or up an incline. Have a friend with little ones join you, or start a mom’s walking group. If you run or jog, get a special jogging stroller that you can use for taking your child in, or if you enjoy biking, you can get a special cart that your kids can sit in.
They will get used to seeing you participate in outdoor activity and this is a great way to get them interested in exercising at a young age. Playtime is also a great opportunity. Games of chase are exciting for kids and will keep you moving.
Join Mommy and Me exercise classes if they are offered in your area. As your kids get a bit older and learn to ride bikes, family biking outings are a great way for everyone to get moving while enjoying good family time as well.
If you enjoy working out at home with fitness DVDs make time in the morning before kids wake up or during naptime to exercise. This will help you stay healthy, burn calories and reduce stress as well. You can find everything from yoga to Pilates to cardio and dance DVDs to keep things interesting.
Short bursts of activity can be very beneficial. If you find that you only have ten minutes, use that time to do part of any type of fitness DVD, or a brisk walk with the dog. A few sets of pushups and crunches can be included in any day and will work to keep your arms, chest and abs strong.
Don’t let yourself down where exercise is concerned. You need to take time as often as you realistically can to keep your body strong. This helps keep you healthy. It also helps keep you feeling attractive and youthful, something that can slip away when little ones come along.
Exercise helps to reduce stress and increase self-esteem, and by exercising regularly, you are setting a healthy example for your kids. As a family, biking can be a fun way to burn calories and spend time together.
Whether you have ten free minutes or a whole hour, fit some form of exercise in to your routine. Get in on games of chase, catch and kickball with your kids. Make exercise a family affair and besides keeping you fit, it will create fun, memorable moments for your family.