Get Moving and Celebrate National Exercise with your Child Week!
August 7 through 13, 2017 is the celebration of the 6th Annual National Exercise with your Child Week. This week encourages parents and guardians to exercise with their children as part of a healthier lifestyle. However, I have to admit that I’m not consistent with a regular exercise routine, for me or my three-year-old. According to national guidelines, kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity daily, while adults should strive for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. But, in our day-to-day lives, this maybe happens once a week.
Still, in my ideal life, I would be a fitness enthusiast – at the gym for a spin class daily, followed by an evening walk and some yoga. It would sure help me lose these pesky 30 pounds still hanging around from my pregnancy three years ago. In fact, I want to set a great example when it comes to fitness and overall health for my daughter. And what a great way to kick this off by celebrating National Exercise with your Child Week.
Since, I’m a scheduler, I decided that instead of doing the usual gym thing where I drop my little one off at the indoor daycare center, we would try some new activities, both indoor and outdoor, that would have us exercising together. After all, that’s the whole point of this week.
So here are some of the great activities planned this week. In case you need some ideas, I have included our schedule for the week.
Our Plan for National Exercise with your Child Week
Day 1 – Monday
Um, hello…we have a pool in our backyard. And yet, I don’t take advantage of it
enough ever. Now that my little one can swim, there’s no excuse as to why we don’t use it every day – especially in these summer months! But that stops today. This afternoon, we are putting on our bathing suits and going swimming! If you don’t have a pool, many neighborhoods have community pools, water parks, or splash pads that you can take your kiddos to and have fun exercising in the water.
Day 2 – Tuesday
Yoga at Home
I used to be a front row yoga girl in a previous life. And it’s something I’ve been battling getting back into for a couple years now, but the thought of starting all over again pains me. Still, you have to start somewhere and it might as well be this week. If you’re a regular reader, then you probably know that I love taking my daughter to the local library’s Toddler Yoga program. But, what I really want is a Yoga class I can do every day with my daughter.
Yoga for Kids: Dino-Mite Adventures on Amazon is just the program. These 10-20 minutes videos, led by kids’ yoga instructor Jodi Komitor are interactive and educational, and best of all, will have your bodies moving. My daughter loves pretending she is a baby brontosaurus, going on dino digs, and more. And I love it too. It’s a great way to get back into the practice. This will also be a great addition to our bedtime routine, after bath time and before stories, to help us wind down.
Day 3 – Wednesday
One of activities we don’t do enough of IMO is taking beach walks. Before I had my daughter, one of my favorite activities was hiking the cliffs at Torrey Pines beach. However, most of this trail is not suitable for strollers, especially the cliff stairs leading to the beach. However, there is a great 1-mile paved path in Carlsbad, known as the Sea Wall, that’s perfect for me and my toddler. I took her a few times when she was just a baby in the stroller, so it will be great to be able to enjoy the ocean views and walk the path with her this time. Walking the Carlsbad Sea Wall is definitely a fitness habit that I would love for us to continue doing even after the week is over.
Day 4 – Thursday
Today, we are going to focus on getting fit with games I played as a kid – like jump rope, hula hoop, and hopscotch. Best of all, we don’t even have to leave the house! Turn on some cool tunes and spend an hour teaching your little one to jump rope, twirl a hula hoop, and play hopscotch. I can’t think of a better way to exercise with my daughter while playing at the same time!
Day 5 – Friday
Last year, we visited LegoLand California and while we liked the park, we had a blast at the adjacent LegoLand Hotel in the evening with our daughter, dining poolside and playing with all the cool Lego features in the hotel lobby area. However, one of the highlights of our one day stay was Jester’s Jam Dance Party. From 6:00 – 9:00 pm Friday – Monday, kids (and their parents) can boogie down with their favorite Lego characters. My daughter got to bust a few moves in this club-like room, equipped with a very cool, interactive DJ. My husband and I had so much fun dancing with our daughter and she had a blast.
Plus, you don’t even need to stay at the hotel to experience the fun! Just pay for parking (if you don’t have a pass) and get ready to dance the night away and burn some calories with your kiddos. This activity should be added to our calendar at least once a month!
Day 6 – Saturday
Early Morning Zoo Hike
Living in the San Diego area, we are lucky to have one of the best (and hilliest) zoo’s in the country right in our own backyard. As pass members, every 2nd Saturday of the month, we have the opportunity to explore the San Diego Zoo an hour before it opens to the general public. We pretty much always take advantage of this time as the animals are very active and the crowds are non-existent. The route we love to take has lots of hills and gives us a great workout, plus a chance to see the amazing animals!
Day 7 - Sunday
Evening Bike Ride
While not quite ready for a pedal bike, my daughter has a Velo Twista balance bike that she’s pretty good at. However, during the summers here in SoCal, it gets so hot during the day, that I rarely take her outside to ride it. But that ends this week. I think it’s a great idea to go for a bike ride (walk for me) when it cools down in the evening before dinner time. Just spending 30 minutes helping her ride around our block is a great way to start the evening, build her confidence, and get some exercise time.
As you can see, many of these activities don’t cost a thing and can easily be added to any daily schedule. Even if you don’t live near a beach or an amusement park, you can improvise at home. I’m hoping that by celebrating National Exercise with your Child Week, it will give me the the push I need to start incorporating these activities into our daily family routines.
What will you be doing with your kids to workout this week? Share with us in the comments!