A lot of my friends tell me they just don’t have time to exercise – usually their
excuse reason is their kids. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I had that same excuse for many years too. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Then I came up with an idea…
We “play” fitness class.
Seriously we do – and the kids LOVE it! Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â When I declare that it’s time to play fitness class (usually when the kids begin to fight), the girls Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â stop fighting and eagerly run upstairs to get their skinny pants & t-shirts (aka their fiti-ness clothes) on while I wear get my exercise clothes on. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Then we each take turns being the “instructor”, and we play for about half an hour (sometimes longer). Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The game lasts longer if I put some music on.
First comes our warm up.
My 3 yo Brooke is first being the leader (because she’s the youngest). Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â She makes us do jumping jacks in a circle, run in place and generally act silly – I consider this the warm up.
Then we stretch.
Next is 5 yo Sierra – she likes to lead the stretches, but she walks around like Jillian Michaels, putting her hands on us and “spotting” us to make sure we’re stretching properly. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Her favourite move is the splits and laughing at my poor pathetic version of the splits. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I’ve been teaching her other stretches too – like how to stretch our calves, hamstrings, quads, piriformis (butt), shoulders, tri’s bi’s etc. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I find that the girls are eager to learn.
Next we “strength” train.
This is my turn – the moves I do with them has to be simple, as they aren’t co-ordinated enough yet to follow complex dance/cardio moves, so instead I lead them through strength moves – walking lunges in the circle through the kitchen, dining and living rooms, many variations of push ups, planks, wall squats, hungarian lunges…. I generally lose their interest after 1 set, so we then switch to 5-10 min of them leading me through a cardio interval, then we’re back to strength. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â While we do the strength moves, my 5 yo, who is pretty bossy, switches hats and becomes Tony Horten, asking me how many reps I’m going to do.
After two sets of strength, we’re all pretty tired, and energized :) Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I also find that the girls love the role playing and it’s a great way for them to get some attention from mommy. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Ooops :o Gotta go – the kids are starting to fight… Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Time for me to play Fitness Class!