For young families who dedicate a lot of their time and energy to raising kids, fitness can sometimes take a back seat. Unless your gym has a full-service day-care center, you can’t really bring your toddler to the gym, after all. Nonetheless, parents are usually content with the lack of exercise. It’s one of the few instances in life when a reduced work-out load doesn’t come with any guilt.
But what if we were to tell you that a full family workout is possible, even while playing with your own child. Influencer Contributor Nikki Metzger demonstrated to Generation Active that you can do muscle-strengthening activities with the whole family. It might seem absurd at first – before you remember that a lot of parenting requires some moderately intense recreation. Whether it’s carrying your child in the grocery store or chasing them across the park, childrearing is naturally physically taxing. Metzger has found a way to optimize the very hustle and bustle that comes with parenting.
A family workout combines the two of my absolute most favorite things!”
These routines can be done at home or outdoors, and is an ingenious way of including the whole family. Watch the video to glean some possible routines. Otherwise, feel free to come up with your own techniques. Obviously, and this should go without saying, make sure your child’s safety is the number one priority. Physical fitness isn’t worth it if there are risks of injury involved.
With respect to working out, most people like to establish a routine. A regular exercise schedule can eliminate some variables – where, when, how – that can burden the whole workout process. Most of Generation Active finds comfort in their local gym. Gyms provide a dependable space that encourages a consistent workout. But what if visiting the gym is unrealistic for a full family workout, or you want a brief break from the routine?
Metzger has a solution to these very problems. If you are on vacation with the family, or you want to take advantage of good weather, give these routines demoed in the video a try. Your child will get a kick out of it, and so will your vitality.