Okay, stop groaning. I know, depending on where you live, that it’s a million degrees outside and after working all day, or night, that you don’t have the energy or inclination to work out, let alone go chase your offspring around the yard in unstructured parental torture also known as ‘playing with your kids’.
BUT…think about this…do you know how many calories a game of freeze tag burns? It depends on your size, but you could burn enough calories in a twenty minute game of tag to totally negate the calories on that donut you ate at lunch. Plus, you will earn major brownie points with your kids!
Okay, you say, but it’s HOT outside…so I’ll just watch Netflix instead….
Um, no! Bad example being set for impressionable kiddos! How about an indoor game like one of the Kinect games for the Xbox 360 or Wii? There are dozens of games available for each console that are great for getting a workout. Think bowling, tennis, rafting and you’ll have an idea of what I’m talking about.
Games like the Dance Central series are super fun and even your teens will be happy to get involved. Kinect Adventures and Kinect Party are great for younger kids, but really the whole family can enjoy them. As for the Wii, games like Wii Fitness and the Just Dance series are definite winners with kids and adults, too.
Not a gamer? Not a problem. Walking is free, easy and burns a lot of calories. All you need is a comfy pair of walking shoes and a place to walk. Go very early or late in the evening to avoid the heat of the day, and take advantage of your local parks or neighborhood walking trails. Check to see if any local schools allow the public to use their tracks when school is not in session.
Want a more traditional workout but don’t want to pay for exercise classes? Check your local library. They’ve got more than just books; you can also find a selection of workout DVDs that you can borrow for free. It’s a great way to try out a new workout before committing to purchasing the DVD for yourself. As an added bonus you can grab a few books to keep your kids busy while you break a sweat.
With all these options, you really don’t have an excuse not to grab some exercise at least a couple of times every week. You don’t need expensive exercise equipment or a gym membership to get fit and lose a little weight. Grab your kids and get moving!
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