This post came into being thanks to my day yesterday. It was 5:00 in the afternoon, and I hadn’t found time for my workout yet. I’d had a brisk 30 minute walk that morning, and I definitely could have called that good for the day, but my goal that been to fit some other exercise in, too. But 5:00 found me staring down into the eyes of my pleading three-year-old, who was begging me to come and play. I had plans to start supper in an hour. There was clearly time for one or the other. Or did it have to be that way? I’m a big fan of things like park workouts, stroller groups, etc, where moms can multitask fitness with engaging with their kids. I decided to be creative. Camden has been loving hide-and-seek lately, and he particularly loves the hiding part. That turns out to be perfect; I send him upstairs to hide, count both exercise reps and hiding time, and sprint up the stairs when my set is done! It was awesome to feel burning muscles while hearing Camden’s giggles (he can barely contain himself while hiding). It was the best of both worlds; I didn’t have to feel guilty for skipping either a workout, or spending time with Camden!
If you have more than one level in your home, this is perfect, because stairs add a great exercise component. But no worries if you don’t! Start by selecting your counting spot. For me, it was downstairs. If you don’t have this option, choose a room in the corner of your house that’s big enough to allow you to exercise safely. Send the kids to start hiding, and perform an exercise while counting their time aloud. When the time is up, run the stairs to go find them (again, if that applies to you). You can also add in activity while you are searching for them, like jogging (moving your legs quickly while inching along), overhead claps, or shadow boxing. Have fun with it!
Here is a sample workout to get you started! Each number represents a time you are counting.
1. 15 squats – grab a dumbbell if you have one to make ’em goblet squats!
2. 12 push-ups
3. Plank or plank variation – count to 30
4. Overhead Claps – count to 30 (This is just as simple as it sounds. Keep your arms straight. Your shoulders will feel it by the time you hit 30!)
5. Alternating Forward Lunges – count to 20 (10 each leg)
6. Jumping Jacks – count to 30
Repeat that 3-5 times, depending on how long it takes for your kiddos to get bored. 🙂
If your kids want you to hide occasionally, you can work with that too. Choose a hiding place where you can plank or a wall sit and try to hold it until they find you. You can also do the above sets of exercises while they are counting for you to hide.
There it is, an easy way for busy moms to get their workout without sacrificing that precious quality time that our kiddos value so much. If you try this, let me know how it goes for you! I’m pretty sure Camden and I will be doing this soon again.
Stay fit my friends! Until next time!
P.S. – Yes, the adorable feature photo is indeed Camden, in a completely candid moment I caught while cleaning up his room with him this morning.