First, let me clarify that I certainly do want want to pretend I am any kind of fitness expert. Oh contraire!!!!!! I am far from it. But as I edge closer and closer to 40…. I’ve learned:
- a) finding time to work out gets harder and harder and
- b) if I don’t work out, I could swell up like a blowfish.
So, I’ve had to start including my kids on many of my workouts just so I can fit them in.
My friend Laretha and I have taken our kids to our neighborhood tennis courts several times this summer. We are able to “cage” the kids in with us…. while we do sprints, push ups, lunges, etc.
Every summer, I make the “World’s Longest Hopscotch” in sidewalk chalk with the neighbor kids. This year we made it to 200 squares. Talk about good exercise! (Warning….you may need to take a potty break before jumping 200 times. All you ladies with babies know what I am talking about….)
Several years ago, I spray painted a kickball field onto our street. I would advise you to clear this with your neighbors first. Luckily I have the best neighbors ever…. so we have a Home Plate in the middle of the street….. and all the other bases spray painted as well.
The kids play kickball ALL THE TIME!!!! And if I play with them… I get in some cardio for the day. Plus…I get to feel like a really sassy 38 year old when I kick the ball over all their heads. It’s good for the ego!
Sometimes I have the boys bike while I run pushing Ava in a stroller. And yesterday, Laretha and I tried something new. We packed up our 5 kids and took them to a high school running track with their scooters and bikes so we could run and work out while they played.
I have found that if I include the kids in my exercising, I work out longer, I don’t feel guilty for being away from them and most importantly….. they want to exercise also!
I also wanted to tell you about a couple of blogs that have really encouraged me to exercise despite the hectic schedules that all mom’s keep. Click here for “The Workout Mommy” and here for “Living Healthy in the Real World”.
It’s off to bed everyone. My friend Shauna, “fitness-instructor-extraordinaire”, is working me out tomorrow morning at the tennis courts. I’m gonna have to get my game face on…..
And yes…. that powerhouse of muscle at the top of my post is my kindergartner. Is he stinkin’ adorable or what?
Love Ava planking and squating with us. Ya know what? I went to the gym this morning and I will say our workout at the track was harder than my workout at the gym!
We rock… hehe…
You girls are great motivators! Lucky for me I have a built in dog that needs to walk every day or I wouldn’t get it done!!
I admire you guys! The post made me sore just reading it.
It seems like you are the funnest mom ever!
Dude nice workout this am! my butt is feeling a little sore. your so right that more important than us exercising is the example that it send to our children on how important it is to be healthy. a fit mom is a powerful mom!
I love that my kids watch me workout everyday ! Usually they too will get involved because if MOM is doing it, it MUST be COOL! My thighs are burning from today…You think Shauna will hurt us tommorrow!?
Thanks for the Paint Help though! She went with the Hopsack and Latte in the kitchen . It looks GREAT!
Too cute! It looks like fun!
LOVE THIS POST JEN!!! for the obvious reasons, but I love that the children are incorporated. LOVE IT! The planks – great job, I HATE those and I say that with the greatest of passion in my voice. lol. Squats and/or wall sits – OH BOY, MAN…i think i should do some toninght actually. haha. we totally need to have our wall sit competition. rofl. btw, you, Laretha (and Ava) look GREAT doing those squats. gr8 job!
SO cute! Ava looks adorable laying next to you, and also on the track!
I enjoyed your post! I suddenly feel guilty though. haha I don’t have little ones to include but you’ve motivated me to get back to my routine! Approaching 40 here as well and can’t keep ‘slacking’.
Thanks for stopping by to see me too. I love making new blog friends. It’s nice to “meet” you!
Have a great holiday weekend!
HA! Looking at Horchow this morning for a little “inspiration” and saw this – cracked up, thought of your last post:
Take care – Alyshia
Hi, thanks for coming by today. Gosh, you’re such a good mom! Love how you have your kids workin’ out with you and I loved your “honest” post about your lamp. So funny! So nice to meet you!
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Playing with kids is one of the best ways to get in exercise!