5 Ways to Exercise with Kids

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Wellness is about balance – exercise, clean diet, feeling productive, allowing time to relax, and taking a variety of vitamins/supplements from Nature Made®  to reach my health-related goals. As a family, we live an active lifestyle. Richard and I both set aside several hours a week to go to the gym to get in a great workout, but I know for some families, that just isn’t possible. I hear a lot of people say “I just don’t have time to exercise” or “I can’t afford to exercise” because they picture these child-free, highly-structured, instructor-led activities in one specific setting, but there are so many other ways to enjoy physical activities…with your kids! Here are just a few ways you can enjoy time together as a family while remaining active.

5 WAYS TO EXERCISE WITH KIDS

Head to a zoo or children’s museum. Exploring a zoo or children’s museum is a great way to get in movement while having fun with your children. This summer we visited the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina. It has an amazing outdoor area that takes hours to explore, with large-scale dinosaurs statues, live animal exhibits, a farm, a butterfly garden, treehouses, a creek, and more. It gave us so much time to get in a variety of different physical activities as we explored the entire museum. Zoos are also a great way to get in a great walk while staying actively engaged in learning. My children love going to the zoo to see new animals! I do, too.

Carrie with glasses

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Go on a nature walk. I’m generally not a fan of just walking or running around my own neighborhood, but I do love a good nature walk, especially in a new setting. This is an opportunity to see beautiful flowers, interesting old trees, and all different types of animals. For a bonus, grab your camera and capture magical images, like the one below of a butterfly that landed on Lydia’s shirt!

Carrie in Dress

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Enjoy playground fun. Playgrounds aren’t just for children. Moms and dads can have tons of fun on playgrounds, too. Go down slides, swing on the monkey bars, climb up tall structures, and run around with the kids. You can assist your children in learning new playground skills and teach them new games, all while burning off some calories.

Lydia down slide

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Visit the beach. If you live or vacation anywhere near the coast, a beach is the perfect way to get in some physical activity while enjoying time with family. Digging holes, building sand castles, running in the sand, and playing soccer or volleyball are all wonderful ways to enjoy time with your kids while getting in a great workout.

Standing at the beach

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Get a gym workout at home. With just some simple equipment, you can get in a great gym workout in the comfort of your own backyard. A few things you may need include:

  • Dumbbells of different weights (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 pounds)
  • Jumprope
  • Yoga mat
  • Weighted balls
  • Large yoga ball

My daughter loves to exercise with me. She tries to do the different stretches, imitates me as I lift weights, and encourages me to do a great job. I feel very motivated to stay active to be a role model to my children!

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Now that it’s mid-October, even if you live in a very warm climate like I do in South Florida, you can start to enjoy time spent outdoors. But physical activity isn’t the only key to wellness. Richard and I also try to eat well and take vitamins/supplements as needed. Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.†

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About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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