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

                    Image by Flickr

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.

 

 

Welcome to my new home….

Well, hello there, fancy seeing you here. Thank you for coming to see my new home. It’s a beauty isn’t it? Yeah, worked on it day and night all by myself.

Okay, that was a lie. I actually paid someone to do it because I’m an idiot. And if you ask her, she will surely agree.

I need to take a minute to introduce you to someone with the patience of a saint and the smarts of Bill Gates. Her name is Kelly Torres and she is the woman behind Twenty70 Hosting.

Lurve her. Like really. Like if I wasn’t already married I would be internet dating her. (Sorry Jennifer and Laura, but I’ve been cheating on you. What can I say, I’m too much blog for one two women.) She not only did all this awesomeness for a very low price, but she did it fast and she endured all my stupid questions with ease. Even let me text her after hours.

Most of you reading don’t even let me do that, and you like me.

(**SIDE NOTE: I just typed Laura’s blog address “An Uncommon [family]” into my google to get the link for that and google was smart enough to finish it with “Drunk”. The internet is on to her.)

Anyway, she created this fab new spot you’re perusing right now. So make yourself comfortable, ohh and ahh to your heart’s content. It’s gorg, I know. And I don’t even use the word “gorg”.

I had been thinking of making the big jump from Blogger to WordPress for a while but was afraid of the cost and the struggles (because like I’ve said before, I’m an idiot and im cheap). Twenty70 did the switch, the design and is hosting for one low monthly price. AND Kelly Torres herself did all my work.

So now you know why I’ve been MIA lately. Well, that and I’m been lazy as hell and my blog has suffered.

BUT I HAVE A REASON! I swear I do…

If  you’re a guy, this will be TMI so feel free to just scroll down now, don’t worry I won’t be offended.

So ladies, the time has come, we said we would wait till Audrey turned 2, which she did last week (birthday post to follow), we are on the baby making train.

Yup. We are so on that train that we have bought our tickets, packed our bags, picked out our seat and ordered a cocktail (gotta get all the drinking in while I can).

But first I had to pull the goalie (otherwise known as ditching the IUD). And if any of you have Mirena, you know how painful that is. Ugh. So I’ve been recovering…and PMSing like a mofo.

I am so damn pleasant right now.

So start sending us all those good baby vibes and prayers for a boy would be nice too.

Tomorrow I will post pictures of the Elmo party, the Mommalogues photo shoot and the new furry addition to the family.

Happy Monday, yo!