I get asked a lot about kid friendly workouts, or what kind of workouts I do with my Mommy Strong classes, so I thought I'd pop in quick to share today's class workout! This is a perfect total body circuit to do at home with the kids or with some friends at the park!
Warmup (I love using kid-friendly action songs to warm everyone up!)
Circuit 1 - Do each exercise for 1 minute, repeat circuit 2-3x
Circuit 2 - Do each exercise for 1 minute, repeat circuit 2-3x
Finisher - "Roxanne" Burpee Challenge! Play the song "Roxanne" and every time they sing "Roxanne", do a burpee!
Let me know if you try out this workout and what you think!
Lately I've been finding myself chuckling about how I thought I knew it all when I had a 6 month old baby. Spewing out workout tips and how-to's like crazy. And then I had a toddler. And then I had 2. And what they say is true - "The older I get, the less I know".
So here's the deal: today I'm gonna give you a real peak inside my workout life.
Spoiler Alert: it's not all that productive some days.
I've learned so much in my 3.5 years of parenting (I know...basically nothing compared to be a parent for 18 years (or 32, like my mama!) but if I've learned anything, it's that every. single. kid. is different. And what worked with my oldest doesn't necessarily work with my youngest. And what works for us might not work for you. And what works for 1 probably doesn't work for 2. And really probably won't work for 4.
So take these tips in stride.
Maybe you already figured this stuff out.
Maybe you're just coming into this stage and need some ideas.
Maybe you are so much more experienced than me that you're saying "oh just wait mama".
But regardless, I thought I'd share. Maybe it will give you the motivation or some ideas just to try it. Or maybe it will just give you that warm fuzzy feeling that you're not alone in the chaos. Cuz I'm right there with you fit sista.
Tips for Working out With Kids!
1. Take it outside - I know one thing for sure: that sunshine and fresh air make everyone happier. When toddler days are tough - take it outside. Go play in the backyard or load up the stroller and get running. Hands down the best way to break a sweat and tame a tantrum.
2. Schedule it. If you make exercise a priority, it's far more likely to happen. Put it on your calendar just like doctor's appointments and play dates. Make a naptime plan or schedule a time to run with a friend.
3. Join a Mommy & Me class. These classes are just a win-win-win for everyone. Mom gets to workout, kids get to come, and you get to make friends (for mamas and littles!). Plus you don't have to think about what to do, just show up and work! Do a search in your area for a local group (I teach one here in Kingsville!)
4. Do quick circuits lots of times. When doing strength workouts with littles around, I like to do moves that involve multiple muscle groups to save time, and create little circuits that I can do multiple times. That way, if I get interrupted after 10 minutes, I didn't just do 3 sets of 15 bicep curls. Instead, I maybe made it through a round of Squat and Press, Lunge and Curl and Walking Planks. That 10 minute workout hit it all! If you get lucky and can keep going, then you can go as many rounds as possible!
5. Alternate sides often. I learned this one when I was doing some yoga at home. There was a flow that did a ton of stuff on the right side first, and then all of those things again on the left. Baby woke up from a nap 20 minutes in and I only got right side yoga that day. For a 1 hour class at your yoga studio, this is great. But when you might not make it through the whole flow, I'd rather get a few warriors on each leg before having a mini-warrior climbing on my head.
6. Wake up early. This seems to be the most fool-proof way to workout with kids. Do it while they sleep. I prefer mornings because it just makes me a happier mama all day. Set that alarm and just do it.
7. Get a running stroller. Running is personally my go-to workout with my kiddos, mostly because they are CONTAINED!! It's the one workout that doesn't involve a child hanging off of a part of my body. Bonus - after doing most of your runs with 50+ lbs of kids and strollers, your solo runs will feel AMAZING. We LOVE our Bob Revolution (single & duallie!)
8. Involve Them. This is probably the trickiest of all, but oh so rewarding. From a really young age, your kiddos can take part in your workouts and I love watching them learn to love fitness like their mama! Wear your newborn out on walks and for squats and lunges. Let your toddler do yoga on a mat next to you (and under you), have your preschooler join in on squats and help you count, do family races with your big kids. You may not get the biggest calorie burn with these workouts but the impact you are making is HUGE!
The world of social media often shows us picture perfect workout conditions. But luckily, there are lots of mamas showing the real life chaos of working out with kids. Here are a few of my virtual (and real life!) friends and their tips for you!
@audreyrunsalot getting it done with her whole gang!
Photo Credit goes to the 4 yr old. naturally.
Her Tip? Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. I don't always have a lot of time. But I have a will to get it done, a way to make it work, and two wild boys to make it fun"
Esther is a busy mama of 3 under 6 but always finds a way to stay moving!
Her Tip? Just get outside, breathe fresh air and just go, no matter how crummy you feel, getting to the trail or you "start line" is more than half the battle. Yea it sucks having to pack snacks and worry about potty breaks but just get out there and make the most of it, my little people are constantly following my lead if not physically with their eyes.
@FitasaMamaBear with her adorable little weight vest!
Her Tip? "roll with it"! Workouts rarely go as planned/smoothly. You'll stop a zillion times to read a book, bounce, and play but it's all worth it and it'll get done. Just go with the flow". My girl is always climbing on me in workouts!
Gnarly Nay getting her daily dose of Vitamin D + Exercise with her little on their bike!
Her Tip? "Working out with kids can be awesome, like when they try to do burpees next to you, and horrible, like when they turn into a crying tantrum throwing mess on your yoga mat. But overall I love it, she runs around, plays with other kids, and see mommy working out and being tough! She learns that girls can sweat and grunt and be tough! She learns that push ups aren't just for boys, and she learns the value of a group of women doing something to better themselves! All things I'm proud to show her! "
Do you workout with your kids?
Join the real life movement by hashtagging #reallifeiworkoutwithkids and comment here with your practical tips!
I'm a sucker for a good challenge. Something that I can commit to and will keep me on track. It's why I like to sign up for races and why I have a planner that's covered in goals and plans. Last year, I decided to commit to the Runners World Run Streak (run 1 or more miles a day, every day, from Thanksgiving to New Years) because I needed something to get me back into running. I was 3 months post baby #2 and I just needed some motivation! Plus, that new baby of mine wasn't a huge fan of the stroller yet, so I figured we could all survive 10 minutes or so a day. It ended up being just what I needed. I felt like a runner again after over 6 months of laying off, and the BEST PART!? Baby girl got so used going in the BOB every day that she stopped crying and actually enjoys stroller runs now!
Since that time I've raced in a 5K, 10K and a half and after my half earlier this month, I wasn't quite sure what was next. My running buddy and I were hoping to do another half later this winter but she is working through some injuries and I just wasn't mentally into long running. So the streak returned just in time.
I decided to commit once again - run 1 mile a day (or more!) from Thanksgiving to New Years. 40 days of AWESOME. And guess what arrived on my doorstep to try just days before the run streak started? These new beautiful, purple (to my 3 year old's delight!) Mizuno Wave Rider 21's!
I think it's hilarious and amazing that I'm going streaking for the Wave Rider's 21st birthday...what could be a better way to celebrate? I'm about 2 weeks into the run streak and I've been loving wearing my new Wave Riders. I currently am only running in Mizuno's (Wave Sky's and Catalyst) and am loving them all. Honestly, the Wave Riders have been the easiest to "break in" and I like the balance of being supportive and cushioned without being too heavy. They really are a great neutral shoe! The Sky's are bulkier for me but feel great on a recovery run, and the catalysts are super light weight but not as cushioned. So the Wave Rider 21 is the goldilocks in my shoe closet right now! I've found myself throwing them on for just about every run lately! Until I bought my first pair of Mizuno's this spring, I had always kind of thought of them as big time runner shoes. But I've come to learn that are great for any level of runner. I'm liking them on my short 1 milers and they held up great to my half marathon training too. They are super breathable (thank goodness...I run in Texas heat and humidity) and comfy enough to forget that I have them on after a run! I definitely recommend checking them out!
I'm really excited to see where this run streak takes me. I've really been enjoying shorter, faster runs and mixing it up with more strength and bleacher workouts!
What are your running plans these days? Ramping up for some big races? Run streaking like me? I'd love to follow your journey! I post most of my running and streaking updates on Insta
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.
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