I was surprised last weekend when I received a bunch of emails begging lovingly inquiring about tips for getting in the workouts with kids underfoot.
For some reason I’d erroneously assumed schools were out on Christmas eve, Christmas day & resumed Monday the 28th.
(Naive much? I know—but with no child in school yet its amazing how fast we forget…)
Since I’m always rollin’ with my homie the Tornado, it was a no-brainer to help my friends come up with a list of creative options for their soon-to-be disrupted workout routines.
(This list does NOT include utilizing a gym daycare facility. That is definitely a fab option but one, thanks to the economy, most of my friends don’t currently have at their disposal.)
Please to enjoy MizFit’s Magnificent List Of Workout Options For The Holiday Time When There’s A Crapload Of Family Underfoot.
(AKA: M.M.L.O.W.O.F.T.H.T. W. T. A. C.O. F.U.)
Get up at the crack of dawn and MOVE. This is what Ive chosen to do and, while not my fave thing initially, it works for me. Im a more patient mama when Ive had my time to destress. Remind yourself that this isnt forever and that you can do ANYTHING for a week or so. Dont have any exercise equipment? Pick up an inexpensive exercise band. Check out ON DEMAND exercise programs on television. Rent exercise DVDs so you know what you like *before* you buy (if you ever decide to buy!).
Involve your kids: Another no-brainer yet one we mamas seem to not do frequently enough. How do you raise kids who like to exercise? You show them that working, errr, PLAYing out can be fun! Are you a weight training mama? Hand your littletlittles rolled up socks and let them train along side you! Are your kids more toward the tween years? Try incorporating body weight routines and have them push up or lunge right with you! You may find that your workouts take longer (”running” with a 5 year old might necessitate frequent stops & starts) but you WILL FIND they are more enjoyable.
Incorporate the silly: Nothing works the core better than a GOOD, HARD belly laugh. Skip the traditional workout all together in favor of some LOUD MUSIC & a good old fashioned dance party! Make up silly yoga poses which mimic the appearance of different zoo animals! How long has it been since you’ve played leapfrog? Jumped rope? Heck, even a vigorous game of freeze tag, dodge ball, hopscotch or duck, duck, goose! can get the heart rate up when done with childlike glee. Create an obstacle course in your home and, perhaps, time each other to see who can complete it the fastest. Think outside the box. Think like the very child(ren) you’re trying to amuse’ertain.
Make every movement count: Once upon a time MizFit took four months off from working out. Once upon that time she really didn’t notice that much of a change in her body composition or strength. What kept me kindasorta in shape? Two things: I didnt take the break from working out as a ‘reason’ to toss in the clean eating towel (important to remember!) and I made the most of every opportunity to squeeze in some N.E.A.T. Accidentally (wink) forget something upstairs when you are down & take that stairclimb to squeeze the glutes and SQUEEZE in a bit of cardio. View your entire day through the lens of: how might I use this time to burn a few extra calories (and some stress!) off?
That’s what Ive got people & typically what I do during my days with the Tornado happily underfoot.
Have any tips for getting the works in at home with the in-laws, visiting family, & children throwing off the exercise routine?