Pregnancy & Parenting > toddler
by Melanie Darnell
It can be hard to find time to exercise when you have kids. However, when you become a mom it's more important than ever to take care of your body—and that means finding time to exercise.
Believe it or not, that doesn't mean spending hours at a gym; it just means finding time to move! A little something is better than nothing. Your workouts can be more fun when they double as playtime with your children.
I highly recommend incorporating them into your exercises. Exercising with your children instills the idea that exercise can be fun and rewarding. It is also a great stress reliever and energy booster for mom.
Once you have been cleared by your doctor to resume your workouts, try these four workouts.
1. Core Workout: This workout is fun! I guarantee lots of smiles from your little one.
2. Family Workout: Going to the park is a great way to get fresh air, spend quality time with your kids and squeeze in a workout. My family often goes to the park on the weekends, and we take advantage of this time by creatively exercising together. My husband Paul and I have fun coming up with new partner exercises that also incorporate our son and daughter.
3. Total Body Workout Indoors: Encouraging an active lifestyle is one of the best gifts you can give your child. Here are some of my favorite mommy/baby exercises that can be done anywhere—indoors or out—with no equipment. Remember, your little ones are always watching, learning and often mimicking your behavior.
4. Total Body Workout Outdoors: Here's another total body workout that doesn't take much space, so you can do it in even the smallest outdoor space.