Frustrated that you don’t have enough time to exercise? Taking care of a toddler doesn’t leave much time for taking care of mommy. Here are five ways to exercise with a toddler. Your health matters and toddler will enjoy working out with mommy.
Five Ways to Exercise with a Toddler
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Get up earlier, stay up later or get someone to watch your kids and go. That’s the normal solution to getting some exercise. So when you get your exercise? It’s hard. Nothing is on your side for exercise. There’s no end to the work for moms and the time is really limited. My answer is these five ways to exercise with a toddler.
So what can you do? How about exercising with your toddler? You can definitely check out this link to youtube for exercises you can do with your toddler and baby. Here are some of my ideas.
Aiden and I swim, a lot. We play and splash.
Water is great for resistance. When your kid is playing safely you can definitely get some work in. You can water walk, use water weights, and just move in the water. Just remember your in the water with your child. Please, Please, Please don’t leave your kid in the water alone! Drowning is the leading cause of death in young children. Do not, ever, ignore your child in the water.
When do you work out? When your child wants to be held. Do some water walking holding your child. When your child wants to sit on the wall and play with toys. Stay close and use your weights. When your child wants to swim across. Walk with them. You should move every way you can. That hits more muscle groups.
Push-ups, squats, and jumping jacks. Anything that gets your heart rate up.
Your toddler can probably do this with you. Or they might have fun hopping on your back and adding some extra resistance.
I do squats and lunges with Aiden on my shoulders. It’s fun for both of us. That also means I can carry him when he gets tired because my body can handle the weight even now that he’s over 30 pounds.
Dancing is by far my son’s favorite activity right now. He loves dancing to “there were 10 in the bed”.
Music is so good for kids. Dancing to their favorite songs make both of you feel good. It’s more cardio for you and gets some the sillies out for your toddler. Who doesn’t love a tired toddler?
More and more places are offering mommy and me yoga classes. It’s a great way to stay in shape and get stronger. I did a ton of yoga before my son was born. It was twice a week in a class at the local y. It fell away when I got pregnant and couldn’t reach my toes anymore.
I want to get back into it. It’s on the list.
Finally, there’s nothing better than play. Running around after your toddler is part of every parent’s day. Spending time in the park. Getting the trucks out and racing at full sprint. Climbing and jumping. Happy, active, kids need to have time play and active play is the best.
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