Summer, especially in my house, is always on the go. My husband is a teacher who spends the summer on his bike and getting things done around that house that no one usually has time for. Usually, we enjoy our own separate workouts; we find that in the summer, as the weather heats up, we’re more inclined to try to fit in some workouts together. But now that we’re in our second summer as a family of three, it isn’t as easy as heading out on a whim. There are some workouts that we can do as a family that helps us stay fit while maximizing the beautiful weather and time that’s lacking during these busy summer months. Here are the top three:
- Running – While this might be the most obvious, given that I am a runner, I also find it to be the most effective. For those with younger kids, a jogging stroller allows them to see the sights, while offering mom and dad a chance for an extra option of difficulty by pushing 20 pounds +. We have the Baby Jogger Performance, which unfortunately has been discontinued, but does pop up on Ebay and Craiglist every so often. For older kids, you can involve them in the fun by signing up for a race that offers Fun Runs for the kiddos. Runner’s World has a great article on how to get your kids running.
- Swimming – Okay, I’m not suggesting those little infant swim classes will offer the parents any sort of workout. But the goal here is for one parent to do the fun stuff with the baby, while the other gets some laps in, switching halfway. Swimming is a great cardio workout that is super easy on your joints. Plus the baby gets to join in by learning how to swim safely.
- Playground circuit – This is something better suited for older kids (or at least those who can walk/run/climb safely), courtesy of my P.E.-teacher husband. Basically, you create a circuit course for the whole family at the playground. Kids’ stations can include skipping, sprinting and army crawling, while parents’ stations can include push-ups, planks and squats. As the kiddos get older, they can start doing mom and dad’s moves.
Of course, you can also use childcare options (our gym has childcare and a lot of yoga/barre studios have options as well), but sometimes it’s fun to promote an active and healthy lifestyle with the whole family. We’re planting the seeds with our little guy early with the hopes he’ll continue it throughout his life.