Physical activity generally benefits the human body in myriad ways. For instance, it helps the body to develop strong bones and burn fat. For this reason, parents should encourage their kids to engage in physical activities/exercises. If you are a busy mom, you may find it hard to set aside time to visit the gym or go jogging alone. Since most children love playing or running around a park, there is no need to exercise alone. Some of the exercises you can engage together with your children include:
You can plan to walk around your neighborhood every evening with your family. Even if you have a young baby who cannot walk, you can put him or her in a stroller and still enjoy your walk. Pushing the stroller combined with walking is a great workout. You can also incorporate other exercises into your walking routine. For instance, if you live near a park, you can pass by some open space and engage in some bit of stretching before heading back home. According to the Mayo Clinic, health benefits associated with walking include improved balance and coordination, low risk of developing high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, as well as improved moods.
Cycling is another great way of exercising with your children. Even if you live in a large city, most local authorities have set aside lanes for bike riders. Remember to wear helmets and carry some water if it is hot outdoors. A study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology found that cycling can lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. It also helps one enjoy quality sleep at night according to research carried out at Stanford University School of Medicine. Scientists at the same University also found that cycling increases blood circulation leading to better delivery of nutrients to skin cells and flushing of harmful toxins.
Gardening and Tidying up the Home
You do not have to get out of your home to exercise. Gardening will give you the same benefits associated with other exercises such as jogging or walking. In addition, you can have fun with your children as you mow and tidy up the lawn and plant flowers. For example, you can have the children help rake, weed, or water your plants. You can also rally your kids to help you wash the car. These activities might seem trivial but they involve a lot of bending, raising arms and legs, pushing, lifting, and pulling. By the end of the day, you will have exercised many body parts including the arms, legs, and shoulders.
You do not have to restrict dancing to the few times a month you visit the club. You can join a dance group for moms and their families or even dance at home. The beauty of dancing is you can choose a dancing style that suits you and your family. Some popular styles include salsa, ballet, ballroom dancing, tap dancing, hula dancing, and hip-hop dancing. A study published in the England Journal of Medicine found that ballroom dancing reduces one’s likelihood of developing dementia later in life.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or busy executive, exercising with your children is important. You and your family will benefit from better sleep quality and low risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Popular physical activities that you can undertake include walking, jogging, cycling, gardening, and dancing. You can also come up with your own exercise routine.