* Guest post from Lauren at That Little Outfit
With the new year here, and resolutions being made, there’s no better time to consider your fitness routine. However, this is easier said than done. Having two young children, running a business from home, as well keeping up with the mountains of washing two small humans can produce, is no mean feat. So unfortunately, exercise is something that often ends up at the bottom of my ever-growing to-do list. Finding a fitness class that I could bring the baby to, which also fits around nursery hours, seems to be a fruitless task and then by the time the children are tucked up in bed and my other half comes home from work, I am just far too shattered to even consider donning some Lycra and prancing about to samba beats at a local Zumba class. But I’m also reluctant to just completely drop any fitness from our lifestyles so I began to think of ways to introduce easy, fun activities that fit in with our busy lives and are gentle on the purse strings too…
- Walking is the most frugal and fun thing we do together as a family. We regularly visit lots of country parks, going for long walks, which are usually punctuated by tree climbing and playgrounds. Don’t let the weather stop you either; as long as you’re well prepared with raincoats and wellies, adventures get even more exciting in the rain! Oh and lugging a picnic basket about all day is bound to burn off a few calories on the way.
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- Join in with garden games – get on that trampoline, kick the ball about, have a go at obstacle courses or play races. Your children will LOVE you (possibly) falling over and (probably) losing the competitions.
- Stick on an exercise DVD or YouTube video and get your children involved! Make it into a game and they’ll love joining in. I promise you it will be absolutely hilarious! If nothing else, your stomach muscles will get a work out from laughing so much.
- Little and often is key – do star jumps while the kettle boils, squats while dinner is in the oven, lunges while you hang the washing out or leave 10 minutes early for the school run and go for a quick jog. Small changes can make a BIG difference.
- And if all else fails, dancing around the living room with the kids is bound to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!
However, being fit and healthy doesn’t mean you have to aim to be the next Jessica Ennis-Hill or Usain Bolt – being active with the family and eating a balanced diet together can be enough. So what are you waiting for…? Make a new year’s fitness resolution as a family, get on your feet and lunge around the living room today!
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