See that video, that’s me and my son Jonathan doing burpees. Actually, he did a full workout with me that day. He’s 13 and he’s been begging to come and workout with me at the gym, so I finally said yes and told him he had to keep up with his mamma! He did good right? I’m so proud of him 🙂
But the point of this blog post is not for you to go get your kids a gym membership, I mean if you do that’s awesome, but I’m going to give you a few fun activities for you to do with your kids at home or outside, keep reading and you’ll find out what our favorite thing to do outside is! Best part is all these activities get you and your kids moving.
Both my boys play sports, one plays soccer and the other plays football, so they are pretty active kids but I love showing them different ways of exercising that is both fun and challenging for them and to be honest it keeps me being creative and it has given me unique time with them. How many 10 and 13 years olds can say ‘my mom takes me to flip tires at the track’? My goal with them is to show them that women are physically strong too and to never doubt what women can do. It’s why I continue to make sure they see me, they see what I can do, and I love so much when they ask to “do it too”.
If you are a mom reading this right now, workout with your kids doesn’t matter what age. I want them to see you in action. I want them to see you push, to see you work, to see you determined. I want them to see you strong! Show them that you are committed to yourself. Show them how strong they are and show them how strong you are because they are always watching.
Here are some fun exercises that you can do with your kids, it doesn’t matter what age they are. The smaller they are, the cuter it is 😉
Working out with your kids
At Home exercises:
- Squat Jumps
- Worm walks
- High Knees
- Butt Kickers
- Jumping Jacks
- Mountain Climbers
Combine any of these exercises in groups of 3 and do 10 of each 3x.
We like to make this a competition, I mean I have boys and boys are competitive and at this age, me setting up a competition gets them motivated and determined. We don’t compete against each other, we compete against time. Example: I will say, I think I can do 10 rounds in 5 minutes. My goal is to hit the number I set. We each have different goals so it never ends up in an argument or who does it better. We compete against ourselves- if that makes sense ( insert raised eyebrow here)
Get outside! Our favorite outdoor activity with the kids:
One of our favorite things to do is go to our local high school and use their track. Our high school tracks are always open and the best part is its FREE, doesn’t cost us a dime! if you have a community center that has a track- those are usually always free too. Go check out your local high schools and see if they have tracks that are always kept open.
Here are some of the fun activities we like to do at the track:
- Set up 50-100 meter sprints. Make it a race!
- Relay- we just use a plastic water bottle or a tree branch. (winner buys ice cream?? this only applies if dad comes)
- Our local high school has used tires. We set them up in a straight line and jump in and out of each tire.
- Tire relay. Set up about 50 meters distance and run each tire to each side
- You can do 3 and 4 with Hula hoops. They sell them at the dollar store for $1.50 each.
Include your kids, make it fun, make it something you do together, and most of the time I think I have more fun than them. They never fail to remind me what it’s like to be a kid to just move and have fun. No video games, no phones, no work, no social media. It’s just us!
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