10 Tips to Keep Active with the Kids

Katie Ellison from Mummy Daddy Me shares her top tips for keeping active with kids

The chances are if you have young children you are no doubt running around here, there and everywhere with eyes in the back of your head. But it’s important to keep active once you have kids, as firstly you want to keep all members of your family happy and healthy, and secondly you want to set a good example for them as well.

Here are my 10 tips for keeping active with kids…

  1. Quite simply go for a walk. If you have young children, especially ones in a buggy, then it is a great way of getting out and about and getting some exercise. I often walk miles with my little boy as it gives us both a chance to get some fresh air. He is quiet and content while he is in his buggy, and it means we both get a chance to blow away the cobwebs. You can take young children out to go and feed the ducks or take them to a playground - just get out and about and moving. It does wonders for your mind too – studies have shown that moving more can boost self-esteem, mood and sleep quality!

     

    Go for a walk

     

  2. Head to your local park run. My six-year-old absolutely loves going to junior park run. If you haven’t heard of park run before, they are organised 2km free weekly runs in your local area for kids aged 4-14. Some places also do a junior one. They have a lovely atmosphere, you can walk round if you don’t want to run (my daughter and I run then walk most of it), and it really encourages them to get out and about and be active, while also being fun for the whole family too.

     

  3. Do the housework together. It sounds silly but anyone with children will know that trying to balance everything can sometimes be tricky. Often at the weekend I will need to tidy up and clean the house, but I try and make it fun for everyone. We turn the cheesy music up loud, I give them easy jobs to do, and they actually really enjoy helping me clean. It also means that we are having fun together, we’re active and also being productive, so it is an all-round winner!

     

    House work

     

  4. Drink lots of water. Of course, we all know that water is essential for keeping us healthy but I find as a busy Mum I often forget to drink enough as I am so busy with the kids. Invest in a big water bottle and make sure you take it around with you during the day so you remember to drink often. Water is an easy and cheap way to stay hydrated.

     

    Drink water

     

  5. Find a little time each weekend to keep active. If you are anything like us then you can know how life gets busy with jam packed weekends. But, as a rule of thumb, we always try to get outdoors for at least an hour each weekend. Whether that is going for a walk, going to soft play, going out on the bikes, or going to play football in the park.

     

  6. Walk instead of taking the car. While we unfortunately can’t walk to school from where we live, if you can you should absolutely walk, scoot or bike instead of taking the car. Even doing this on a short journey twice a day makes such a difference. We try and walk into our local town instead of driving. Not only is it better for the environment, it also saves parking costs.

     

    walk instead of car

     

  7. Exercise before the kids wake up/while they are having a nap. I find the lack of me time the hardest obstacle in exercising. I don't get much time to myself, so I often think the last thing I want to do is exercise during the one hour a day when my child naps, or in my evening when I could be watching TV. But, even doing a 30-minute workout really helps clear your head. I try and get up half an hour before the kids wake up as then I don’t feel like I am missing out on valuable me time.

     

  8. Exercise with a friend and make it social time. I find that if I exercise with a friend it doesn’t feel so much of a chore as it then instead feels like part of my social life. Even if it is going for a 30 minute power walk just after the little ones have gone to bed, or heading off to an exercise class together, it definitely makes it easier doing it with a friend.

     

  9. Have a dance party. We have what we call ‘party discos’ where we turn down all the lights, switch on some flashing ones, and dance around their bedroom. We put on cheesy tunes, turn the music up loud and dance nonstop. It makes us laugh, we have fun, and there’s no better way to work up a sweat.

     

  10. Learn something new together. Children love to learn new things so there’s no reason not to look into fun activities that can be done together like mother and child yoga, hula hooping, going bowling or mother and child swimming sessions.

     

    learn something new together