How Kids Can Help You Burn Calories


Woman Running Up Bleachers

While looking at old pictures of yourself, you start to despair. How could you have gained so much weight over the past few years? As soon as you voice the question, you know the answer. Since becoming a parent, you don’t have time to visit the gym as often as you would like. This is especially the case during the fall and winter months when your children become extremely busy with academics and extracurricular activities. If you can relate to this common scenario, don’t despair. Instead of fretting about the absence of time to spend at the gym, consider how your kids can help you burn calories.

Do you feel you spend inordinate amounts of time waiting on your kids to finish football practice, saxophone lessons, or tutoring sessions? Instead of checking your favorite social media outlets on you smartphone, utilize this valuable time to whittle your waistline. While waiting at the ball field or school gym, burn calories and get your heart rate pumping by running up and down the bleachers. If bleachers aren’t available, simply walk or run laps. You might also enjoy doing calf raises or completing squats while leaning against a wall. Do you have more than one kid? While waiting on one child, spend quality time being active with your other young ones. Throw a ball or Frisbee around. Play a game of tag or hide-and-seek.

At home, turn dreaded chores into fun ways to exercise. For instance, allow your little ones to help you rake a pile of leaves or pine straw. After creating a sufficient pile, you and the kids can have a blast taking turns jumping onto it. When completing indoor chores with the kids such as making up beds or picking up toys, play some fun music and dance. Before you know it, your house will be clean and you and your little ones will have broken a sweat. If you don’t have kids to be active with, spend time with young nieces or nephews. Volunteer at a local Boys and Girls Club. If you’re a sports enthusiast, think about coaching a team sponsored by a recreational department or church league. Even if you don’t have a child of your own, you can still enjoy playing like one.

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