Ahh the lazy days of summer are upon us. . . or maybe that is just what the kiddos are enjoying. Sometimes during the summer months it is hard to complete our workouts. With the kiddos home from school they may not want to hit the gym with you every day, therefore you need another option. So what do you do? You modify your workouts and get them involved too. You can share a workout with them. My two boys are now four and a half and one year old. Realistically I can only hit the gym a few days a week, and the other workouts I do are outdoors enjoying the fresh air, or in the living room. Now my younger kiddo does more climbing on me than exercise participation, unless he is in the carrier pack. My older loves to get his energies out and make a fun game or contest out of everything. So that is what this workout is based upon – fun, high fives, and moving the body.
These exercises were created with my older guy. He has been doing activities with me since he has been around. He saw me dancing around the living room doing my Fast and Fierce workouts, melting away the 60 pounds of baby weight as he lounged on the nap nanny. He strolled along with me in outdoor baby bootcamp classes, and always encouraged me to, “go faster mommy, faster”. I’m not into running (mostly because of my feet injuries), but for him I would do moderate sprint work with him navigating in the stroller. We have practiced our yoga stretches, plank holds, and ball work together. It is always an adventure with him. So when I asked him if he was ready to go outside and exercise with me he jumped up and immediately got his “fast” shoes on! I hope you enjoy this workout with your kiddos as much as we do! 🙂
Dips and Foot High Fives –
Place your hands by your sides and knees are bent with the heels flat. (Tell your kiddo this is like a crab position.) Lift the hips off the ground as high as you can. You may try a dip first, bend your elbow about 45 degrees and then straighten, then lift a foot and do a high five with your feet, your hips may sink a bit as you lift the foot. Try tapping the same foot or opposite foot. Just holding the balance with one foot up will challenge the core as well as the triceps. Try 10 on each side with or without a dip.
Push-up High Five –
Get into your push-up position with your hands placed directly under your shoulders and have your feet about a foot apart. The same for your kiddo. Now strengthen your core by finding balance in your body. Reach and do a high five with the opposite hand. Keep your hips and shoulders square to the ground. It is more challenging if you are farther apart as you have to extend your arm and reach more to complete the high five. You may even try walking forward to a high five and back on your hands keeping the belly pulled in. Try 10 reps on each side with or without a push-up in between.
Squat and High Fives –
Start with your hands on your hips. The feet should be wide apart with the toes slightly turned out. Bend your knees about 90 degrees and then stand up and reach for a high five. Sometimes we tried jumping in between and then land to the high five. We tried reaching to a high five, and I did some where I leaned over keeping my spine straight, adding a little extra work on my booty and lower back. Any variation can work. Try 15 reps with or without jumps in between.
Who doesn’t want to have a race? What a great way to burn off extra energy, for both you and your kiddo. Pick a point and see who gets there first. Try counting 25 steps on the right foot running together. Try other variations like skipping together, gallops facing each other, or a forward gallop with the right foot and then use the left foot on the way back. Any of these variations will be a fun way to increase the heart rate and give you a stimulating calorie burn.
These are four of our favorite exercises that we like to do together. I gave you a few variations of exercises to try with each of the movements. It is a great way for you and the kiddos to get out of the house and get your exercise on together. After all, you are the one who will be showing them how to live a healthy and happy lifestyle and if they see you doing it, they will want to try it too! Please leave a comment below and share how this workout was for you or what you like to do with your kiddo!
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