Being a mom isn’t always a walk in the park…unless it’s 6pm, they’re crying and you have another hour to go before bedtime.
The chances of working out after you become a parent actually plummet. For me, I went through cycles of working out and back to inactive depending on the stages of my kids. Being a full time working mom, leaves little time to spend bonding with the kids or even getting in exercise. That is unless you re-prioritize and reconsider the meaning of “bonding”.
Busy moms can actually find creative ways to stay active with their kids.
Here’s a crazy idea….workout with your kids!
Workouts depend on the ages of your kids. Find a time your kids are the happiest, pop on a workout video and get ready to laugh as they attempt the moves…or actually be impressed at how much better they can do a squat than you.
Go for walks!
We used to have a tandem stroller and as my kids got older, they started fighting over who go to sit in the back and vice versa. The thing was a monster, heavy and hard to maneuver due to its length. We recently upgraded to the J is For Jeep® Brand Destination Side x Side Double Ultralight Stroller. No more fighting, light weight and perfect for our after dinner evening walks. The kids were so excited they had to take it out for a spin as soon as we put it together.
Photos by Shawna Meadors Photography
The extendable SPF 50 sun shades are perfect for keeping them covered from the hot, Florida sun. Full adjustable seat backs and foot rests allow for maximum comfort no matter how long (or sometimes short) our walks are.
Some of the other features we love:
- Only 21 pounds!
- Easily folds and reopens! (Seriously, I struggle with strollers, but this one is a breeze.)
- Smooth ride!!
- Easily maneuvers through 30″ doorways
- Ample storage underneath along with double pockets below the handlebar
Go for family bike rides
Our oldest recently learned how to ride her tricycle and she will tear down the street. Make it fun for all and have everyone ride their bikes or jog after the fast little peddlers. For smaller kids, attach a bike trailer to the parent’s bicycle.
We love to run from one end of the yard to the other switching it up on how we get there. Sometimes we’ll have to do the bunny hop, skip, walk backwards, etc. Changing up the method keeps it fun for longer periods of time.
No matter what you do, do it as a family. Get up and get moving. These are the years to embrace while you and the kids are still young. Staying active teaches your kids how to take care of themselves in the future and opens the door for a conversation on healthy eating.