X-box is the way to go with my kids. There are a bunch of games that keep them more active and I don't have to take away their video games... I just restrict which ones they can play and for how long (sitting games 30 min a day, active games 2 hours per day).
We live out in the country, with a couple cougars killing dogs in the area it is not really safe to take them out to play or go for walks, also coyotes have been spotted a few houses away. They have bikes, but I don't and they really don't ride them so even if I had one it would be impossible to go for bike rides as they would have no strength to push their bikes back up the hill.
Being we are 45 minutes out of town and money can be tight, it would be impossible to get them to Taekwondo classes. They do have a class on Thursday lunch time. They have just finished up a 6 week Kids Zumba class and loved it but I can't get them to classes in town because of finances.
We do have a XBox 360 with Kinex, but they don't seem to be too interested in it anymore. They got it for Christmas and played on it until the middle of Jan, then the interest dropped off. They loved playing it so I don't know why they stopped. They found the Just Dance too advanced for them. I was thinking of the Disney Dance as it would probably have easier moves and less butt shaking.
They don't try to join me all the time I do Jillian, I am available to them basically all day for hanging out. I am basically around them 24/7, as I work in their school.
They like doing high energy things. Sit ups, stretches don't interest them. They never tried to join me when doing physio exercises. I have asked them not to join me when I am doing Jillian because it is too much of a distraction because I have to watch how they are doing their workouts and I do them in a small area in my bedroom, and the living room is much smaller area.
They are are not overweight, they are perfect weight for their age, and height, actually they are taller than most of their friends in their age groups. They just want to do high energy things so I want to encourage that in the limit income we have.
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748 3/22/13 7:44 P
I realize this isn't a dvd but it's just a thought. I don't know what your finances are like but what about signing you and your kids up to do something like Taekwondo or Karate. I don't know if they have groups for families but it could be fun. If they don't have ones for families, your kids may enjoy learning and moving up in the different color belts. My younger brother was in Taekwondo and he loved it. We're 8 and a 1/2 years apart in age so I never got into it (I was already in college/grad school). If we were closer in age, we'd have been in it together. We would've loved to spar against each other. I know it's not supposed to be competitive but with siblings, it could be a good way to exercise (both cardio and strength), spend time together, and to learn some self defense techniques.
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I would let them if they are not in your way, slowing you down.
3/22/13 4:39 P
Do your kids actually NEED the additional exercise? (apart from regular kid-playing) Or do they just want to spend time with YOU? I used to try to exercise with my kids around, and it's like doing anything else with them around, THEY want to be a part of the action. So I've compromised, a couple of days a week we go for walks/bike-riding as a family, or we play the Just Dance games on the Wii. Or we just dance to music. When I need distraction-free exercise, I wait until they go to bed or have my husband occupy them.
Have you thought about getting a Wii? I don't personally have kids but my nephews have one and they play it as a family which burns extra calories for you on top of your workout and can be fun for all of you.
Edited by: TINKS2013 at: 3/22/2013 (16:23)
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3/21/13 4:21 P
Hi ! As others have noted, they do make exercise DVD workouts for kids and families. Obviously, you don't want your kids to do the 30 Day Shred, but I've posted a couple of links to DVDs which might be more age appropriate.
For kids, exercise should be about having fun, not having a workout per se.
I know there's a Zumba Kids and Shaun T (the guy from Insanity and Hip Hop Abs) has a kids workout too.
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46,222 3/18/13 5:29 P
I love that your kids want to be active...that is great. That being said you have some valid concerns because doing a workout that is not done properly can lead to an injury. Exercise at this age should be fun--I am not too keen on structured exercises like DVDs for kids this age, especially when proper bio-mechanics is so important. Maybe you can tell them you will go outside and kick the ball or walk with them when you are done with your workout. This way they can still be active, but you don't have to worry about your kiddos.
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