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Staying Active With Young Kids
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Do any of these suggestions work for you?

My husband and I trade off - he watches the kids when I go for a walk or go to yoga. We also take family walks with the dogs as often as possible.

Are you able to exercise as a parent?

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Chris Tiongson, MD responded:
Trading off is a good idea.

Something else you can do is incorporate exercise into your time with the kids.

For me, playing catch or street hockey, bumping a volleyball or shooting hoops with my kids is a great way to have bonding time, playtime and exercise all in one.

For younger kids, rolling around on the floor, dancing to music, or piggy back rides can be a workout as well.

There's only so much time in a day and I can't always get up at 5:30 am for a "real" workout, so adding exercise to my everyday activities helps. It recharges and refreshes me. It's a great way to connect as a family.
ReikiMama responded:
My husband and I both try to stay active too. He has rec league soccer on Monday nights, which is his main activity. I used to do yoga regularly, but have fallen out of the habit - need to get back to it because it was great for stress relief! I also do some isometric exercises in the morning (10 min) while getting ready for work.

We also found a fitness bootcamp that provides childcare, so we go twice a week together. My daughter gets to run around with other kids and play, which keeps her active too!

We also try to walk and push our daughter in the jogging stroller a couple of times a week when the weather is good, and we purchased a membership to our local pool to take both of our kids several times a week during the summer. Sometimes we also take them hiking - the important thing is getting them out of the house and moving, while doing something fun together.
ananyaw responded:
yeah!! i dance with my kid! i go for a evening walk with him i even suggest some activities like reading book, coloring pages etc.,

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