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You Really Can Exercise With Kids!

Jul 11, 2013

You Really Can Exercise With Kids!

Trying to exercise with kids around is a tall order. I'd love to be able to say that my exercise routine is back to what it was pre-baby, but frankly, that is far from the truth. Free babysitting at our gym helps, but on busy days, whatever plan I had for yoga, ballet, or a quick workout DVD go right out the window. I've recently attemped to work out with my toddler around, to mixed results. Here, a few key tips for trying to tone up while your little one is tinkering around close by.

1. If you can, exercise in their space—their bedroom, playroom, or outside, where there's plenty of distractions for them. If your baby is still young enough to be restrained (lucky you!), place them in their bouncy chair, put on some fun music and entertain them while you get your heart pumping.

2. Be realistic about what's possible. When I attempted to do a Core Fusion DVD that required props, she thought they were toys for her, which made using the blocks and straps I needed next to impossible. Simple routines that are 30 minutes are probably your best bet. I love Physique 57's 30-minute workout.

3. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Get your kiddo involved, by using them as your weight resistance (24 pounds of baby makes for a nice set of tricep reps!). If they're old enough, roll open an extra yoga mat for them to work on their downward dog next to you.

4. Consider getting together with another mom, so your kids can play together while you feel the burn.

5. If none of this works, get a mini trampoline, and make bouncing on it part of playtime every day. You'll get your heart thumping, which will totally entertain your child, and you can give them a turn, too. Everybody wins!

Inspired to break a sweat? Check out Heidi Powell's tips for the best at-home workout in our slideshow above. 

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