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Exercise with the Kids
writes, "Making exercise a priority is a challenge for everyone. And for parents it can be especially difficult to find time to exercise because of the full plates that we often juggle. Here are some tips to help fit in your fitness every day and still have fun with your kids."
Finding time to exercise is so important that it should be a priority placed on your calendar, just like your kids' softball game. We need to exercise not only for us, but also for our kids' benefit. It's important to set a good example. If your children never see you engage in fitness or if they hear you complain about working out, then they are going to have a negative image of exercise.

How do we fit it all in? Well, it's actually easier than you may think. With a little planning you can find ways to incorporate workouts into the time you spend with your children.

Grab your stroller and go for a brisk walk. Or, buy a jogging stroller for more flexibility. With a jogging stroller you can walk faster, jog, or even run at a fast pace. And, for veteran rollerbladers, you can even use the stroller for some skating time.

Turn on some music and dance together. Toddlers love dancing.

Spend an afternoon at a park with a playground, but don't spend the whole time relaxing on the sidelines - join in on the fun. Try making it across the monkey bars -even just once (it's a great upper body workout and you'll be amazed that your kid does it with such ease). Try some pull-ups using a bar on the playset. Do some tricep dips on a nearby park bench.

Play catch with a ball or get a small group together for a kickball or softball game.

Make Saturdays family bike outing day. Implement a daily family walk each day before or after dinner.

Let them know that you workout to stay healthy, to be strong and to have more energy and stamina (so you can keep up with them)!

This is my last blog post, as I will be spending time with my new baby in 2013! I enjoyed our journey of getting fit together, and your road to a healthy lifestyle will continue in the trusted hands of MaryKay Parce (of Mind Body Fitness) starting next year.

Trina Kubitschek
CrossFit Station
Endurance Coaching
Nutrition Counseling

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