If you haven't got into a solid fitness routine that you love, it is easy to make excuses to avoid a workout. A common excuse I hear about all the time from moms, is that their kids wouldn't nap so they didn't have time (or a number of other excuses along the lines of 'I couldn't get alone time to fit a workout in').
I will be the first to admit that a workout is much easier to do on your own without the help of little ones. That being said, I also love to workout with my kids for a number of reasons:
It teaches them healthy habits. A sedentary lifestyle is becoming the 'norm' and I don't want my kids to miss out on an active childhood because of it. Working out with or around your kids teaches them that exercise is fun, and something they should do too! My toddler will often come up to me or my husband and ask us to do push-ups with her - by showing her that exercise is fun, she now loves to 'workout' for fun. I can only hope she maintains a healthy view on exercise in her future, but we are starting her off with a good push in the right direction!
It's fun and burns off extra energy! Have you ever sat at home wondering what to do with your kids to get them busy and burn of energy so they'll have a solid sleep? We play lots of games, do arts and crafts, and we exercise! Jumping about and crawling around is great fun for little ones, and it burns off some of that extra toddler energy.
It's an added challenge! If you're working out at home around your kids, you're likely doing body weight exercises. The added weight of a baby or child can make for an extra challenging workout. My kids love to climb all over me while I'm working out, and I love the challenge of the extra weight! It can be difficult with a squirmy baby, but be careful to maintain good form to keep you and your kids safe!
Who else loves working out with your kids? Comment below with your favourite workouts!