In a little over a week Andrew, my partner, will be leaving for his annual RAGBRAI adventure with 10,000 of his closest friends. RAGBRAI, for my East Coast friends, is a week long bike ride/party across the state of Iowa; and though I’m uber-excited for him, I am disappointed that I won’t have him here. Aside from missing his company, his absence also means no bike riding, no running, and no hot yoga, because I’d have no one to hang out with this guy:
Yoga in particular allows me to focus on my own needs; it feeds my mind and body, keeps me grounded, and allows me the time I need to appreciate all that I have at home waiting for me. I can and will try to fit in an at home routine, but if I’m being completely honest that means waking up before Conner (not going to happen), practicing after I put him to bed at 9pm (not going to happen), or plopping him in front of the T.V. (I won’t disclose whether that’s going to happen or not). There are however some workouts that I’m really excited about doing next week because they incorporate Conner.
Parent and child workouts can be incredibly light-hearted and fun way for both of us to work up a sweat. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- It’s a way for both of us to be active, healthy, and bond.
- His inclusion allows me to lighten up, have fun, and laugh while still getting a workout.
- It allows him to see me being physically active, something he doesn’t witness when I leave for yoga or go for a run. It’s incredibly important for our children to see us making time for ourselves and exercising; living by example teaches them how to incorporate these actions into their own lives.
Â On to the workouts:
- One of our favorites is to close all the blinds (very important if you have neighbors), turn on some music, and dance like crazy people; its great cardio and great fun. Together we make an upbeat playlist and rock-out. It’s also an simple way to control the amount of time you workout; 5-6 songs can easily be a good twenty minutes of heart cranking cardio, no reason you can’t make it longer either and get lost in the moment.
- Jumping rope is another fun way we like to get exercise. It burns a crazy number of calories, almost twice as many as running for the same amount of time. We like to do double duty and practice counting at the same time, maybe see who can be the first to get to 100 jumps without messing up.
- Racing can also be a great cardio activity, giving Conner a start we dash from one end of the yard to the other until were both winded. Sometimes we switch it up and add skipping, lunges, figure 8 footwork or just play Tag.
- To get in my strength training I like to bench press him or fly him like super man on my feet.
Really your choices are endless and those are just a couple of things that we personally enjoy. Whether you try one of these options or develop your own favorites as little as 20 minutes a day of rigorous activity together can do wonders for your bodies and your relationship with one another. I highly recommend giving it a try, and for those of you who don’t have little ones running around these can obviously be modified to be doe alone. It can be great for your attitude and your budget.