Playing with Your Kids to Burn Calories and Stay in Shape

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While it may be more challenging to fit in exercise time during the fall and winter than it is to do so during the summer, it can be done. Following are some ways in which you can get your exercise while still shuttling your kids to and from school and/or after-school classes and activities.

Ditch the Car

If your home is in walking distance from school, try walking there with your kids instead of driving. Walking is a fantastic form of exercise that both you and your kids can benefit from. Other options include walking from school to after-school classes and/or walking from afternoon classes back home. Alternatively, parents with older children who live in an area that does not have a lot of traffic may want to bike with their kids to and from different places.

Look for Exercise Opportunities Where You Are

Look for exercise opportunities that you can take advantage of while your kids attend an afternoon class. For instance, you can use the bleachers to do Stairmaster-style exercises while your kids do football, basketball or baseball practice. Jog around the block a few times while your kids are in piano, ballet or some other class. If you are taking care of one child while another is in class, look for a nearby park where you and your child can run, roller-blade, play Frisbee, jump rope and/or engage in other fun forms of exercise.

As the old saying goes, "Where there is a will, there is a way." If you really want to exercise, you will find ways to do it while still providing your kids with the care and assistance they need. Be creative and willing to try new ways to exercise and you will find that staying in shape is not as hard as it may initially seem.


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