The Ultimate Workout Partners: Your Kids

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The Ultimate Workout Partners: Your Kids

So the other day was my birthday and what does a good father do on his birthday? Whatever his children want to do. Well, the night before it had snowed about 4 or 5 inches so my daughters wanted to go the the back yard and play in the snow. I thought this would be a relatively easy and relaxing idea since my three girls are all fairly self-sufficient so I agreed and out the door we went. Well, two hours later what did I find out? I found out that playing with your kids is a lot of fun and also some really good exercise. Even if it's not playing in the snow, it's still a great time to build a common bond with your children and have some fun. If you are thinking of doing a workout with your baby or toddler, here are some exercises you can do. It may not be as fun as playing in the snow but it is still very rewarding.

First, warm up. Pick up baby, holding her securely, and march for five minutes.

Next, sit in a straight-backed chair with the towel rolled under your knees. Set your baby or toddler on your ankles, holding the little one's hands. Keep your back straight, shoulders down and abdominal muscles tight. Straighten your legs to the count of a slow five until they are parallel to the floor. Hold for two beats, then bring your feet back to the floor to the count of five.

Lay on your back, leaning your sitting baby against your bent knees. Holding the baby firmly with one hand, perform crunches while playing "peek-a-boo" with your child. Keep abdominals tight and crunch upward eight times.

Position baby face-up on the floor. Place your hands shoulder width apart on either side of baby's face. From knees or toes, perform push-ups slowly and deliberately, kissing baby with each rep.

Some of the benefits of doing these exercises include:

Ease your stress to help you be patient with your kids.

Increase your energy level so you can keep up with them.

Let you spend time having fun together.

Incorporate fitness into their lives at an early age, when habits are most likely to stick for life.