Getting fit together as a family!

Getting fit together as a family!

Looking to shed some of that baby weight? Is the man of the house desperate to rid himself of the cursed ‘Dad bod’? Are the kids spending a little more time on the sofa than you’d like? The truth is that whatever your lifestyle and fitness level and whatever age your kids, there are always some fun ways in which you can get in shape together as a family. The endorphin hit of exercise combined with spending quality time together as a family can lead families to come closer together as they help each other towards their fitness goals. Plus, anything that keeps kids active and entertained without breaking the bank can only ever be a plus!

Stuttgart family fitness

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If you’re looking for a free alternative to an expensive gym membership or just want to do more together as a family, there are a huge range of activities from free swimming pool games for kids to mother and baby exercises that are fun and accessible for the whole family while not costing a penny. Let us take you on a guided tour…

Babycises

For new parents, using your baby as a weight to improve strength and muscle tone might seem weird but there is a range of exercises that can not only provide good resistance training for both Mums and Dads but provide baby-friendly movements that will have them cooing with delight. Favourites include:

  •  Baby curls- A variation on the classic crunch. Lying face up, bring your knees up and gently place baby on your shins. Curl by contracting your abs to raise your head and shoulders bringing you nose to nose with baby. Feel free to combine with a little kiss. Try this for 3 sets of 15-20 reps.
  • Baby shoulder press- Sit cross-legged on the floor holding your baby in front of your head. Lift baby up over your head and enjoy their delighted giggles while you feel the burn. Aim for 3 sets of 10 reps.
  •  Baby bench press- Lie on your back with knees bent and bring baby up to your face. Extend your arms before bringing baby slowly back to the start position. Again aim for 3 sets of 10.

Hot couch potato

There’s nothing wrong with settling down together to watch some TV but who says it has to be at the expense of the family’s fitness? Turn ad breaks into muscle-toning breaks by playing this game for 2-3 minutes. Stand with feet a shoulder width apart and squat down so that your collective butts hover about an inch above the couch. Hold this position for as long as you can, imagining that the sofa has become white hot. If your kids like playing ‘the floor is lava’ they’ll love this!

Homework hijack

Kids can always use a break from homework. It allows their brains a chance to reboot and aids their productivity. Why not use those breaks to boost your cardiovascular fitness as a family? Take 3-5 minutes to race each other up and down stairs or running laps of the block together. They’ll return to their homework with their fitness boosted and concentration levels improved.

By taking a few minutes out of every day to exercise together (even if it’s just a brisk walk) you’ll get fitter while bonding together.

 

 

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