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No Excuses

As a mother of two young children, I know how easy it can be to say "I'm too busy, maybe tomorrow...", but if keeping our children occupied is our only excuse for not working out, we've got to up our excuse game (Currently on the list of valid excuses: "I'm running a fever and can't even care for my children, let alone myself" or "my child just got sick on me").  Children love to be involved in what we do as parents. My toddler loves to help me cook, always wants to wash dishes (aka: play with bubbles), and sweep the floor (let's hope this love for cleaning all lasts into adulthood!). That being said, why wouldn't she want to exercise with me as well?...


I started working out and encouraging my daughter to copy me and do yoga. When I started encouraging this, my oldest was about 1 year old, and would do the downward dog for a second, then get bored and realize she was more interested in climbing under, over or around me. When I was pregnant and barely getting through a simple yoga sequence, this 'climb on mom' game didn't go so well; however now that I can hold more weight and do more strenuous workouts, my toddler climbing on me is an extra challenge for me and I love it! 

Working out at home can really be a family event, where my babies get some tummy time and toddlers and older kids can join in with their mom and dad. A great way to encourage children to get active, is to lead by example!



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