FQ – Working out with the kids

Working out can be hard when you have children, so why not get them training with you.

Keeping the whole family in shape can be a tough challenge with so many other commitments around. Many men finds themselves struggling to fit the gym into their busy schedules and getting the kids active too but who said working out had to be confined to the four walls of a fitness suite?

We’ve put together a few tips, on how to get the children involved with your workout from the comfort of your own surroundings.

Use places around you

The garden is a great place to get the kids and yourself active. For basic cardio, get running around and your heart rate up. You can also set up simple challenges such as races to the bottom of the garden to build power and speed. To build balance and agility, create a hopscotch board or have hoping races from one end of the patio to the other.

There are many places in the house that make great workout companions. For example, using the bottom of the stairs is a great way to modify a basic lunge and create more of a challenge for yourself. The stairs can also be used as a cardio exercise. Time how long it takes you to get to the top and back down again. You could even race your children up and down the corridor, setting a time to beat and see who does it first.

If you have a local park, take the kids out on their bikes and get whizzing round the play area. You can set up easy relay races. Use the trees as posts to switch between sprinting and jogging. Many local parks also have workout stations already set up. Incorporate these into your walk or jog round to switch things up.

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