I'm standing in the grass, sweat dripping off my forehead, my heart beating quickly from exertion, breathing hard. All classic signs of a good workout, right?
Yes, but I wasn't working out. At least not officially...unless you count a prolonged game of tag with a six year old as working out which, actually, maybe we should. Tag doesn't seem that different than running intervals, right?
One of the biggest challenges to trying to combining being a mom and getting or staying in shape is finding time. I know I have struggled with taking the time away from my little one to go exercise (and please don't suggest I work out before she wakes up, I can't bear the thought of less sleep than I am getting right now!) but I also know that a healthy mom is a happy mom, so I want to make sure I take care of myself too.
While it doesn't always work- I have yet to figure out how to safely combine lap swimming and infants- sometimes adding kids to the workout plan can help make sure I get both time for fitness and time for family.
In addition to the obvious things like using a jogging stroller or bike trailer, there are some other fun ways to include kids in your workout:
The Park Plan: If you have a toddler or older child who likes to play at the park, you can play too, using the playground equipment to do strength training. Click here for some ideas: http://www.parents.com/baby/health/lose-baby-weight/full-body-playground-workout/
The Baby Free Weight Plan: If you have a little baby, you can create a circuit of strength training moves that you can do using them (safely!) as a weight. Holding baby while you lunge or squat can up the intensity of those moves so you'll feel the burn even faster. Find some more ideas here: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/mom-baby-exercises-0811#slide-1
The Just Plain Fun Plan: Remember how awesome kickball is? Or the fun of a good game of freeze tag? Or even just running through the sprinklers or playing backyard soccer? These things alone might not be the key to lifelong fitness, but they will get you moving, laughing and maybe even breaking a sweat all while spending quality time with your kiddo!
How do you combine family and fitness?