I agree with what everyone has said. I only have 2 kids (3 years and 1.5 years). I know I have to make time for my physical activity separate from them unless I'm pushing the two in the double jogger. Last night we just went out in the snow (Northern Michigan and we have a TON). My husband shoveled the driveway while I just let the kids run around. The 3 year old was running through the deeper parts so I know that's great exercise for her and my 1.5 year old struggles to walk in his boots & snow stuff so I'm sure that's enough for him. Then I pulled them in the sled as I ran a bit. It wasn't a full 1/2 hour or anything, so I know *I* need more, but it got them out and moving.
We also do the Wii sometimes and my kids don't really know how to work it is I will do the activity and my daughter will dance or do things along side of me.
I think when they're younger, the key is instilling good habits, but letting them watch us adults. If they know that paying the Wii, using the treadmill, being outside, etc is normal then they are going to grow up to have those same habits. I think the young kids get enough activity (in general)...it's instilling that long-lasting drive for when they are older kids and adults.
We do a lot of walking as a family. I figure even if we are going slowly, it is better than us just sitting on the couch. We also do "dance parties." It is just us putting on music and dancing, but we work up a sweat and everyone can dance at their own pace.
Kicking a ball around in the backyard, throwing a ball, and just playing tag keep us all moving as well (assuming that the weather is nice.)
Lately, my DD wants to try to do work out dvds with me. She is only 3 so she loses interest, but she tries to do some of the exercises (jumping jacks, pushups) and she makes herself be in charge of putting "exercise" music on for mommy with her little mp3 player. It makes her a part of things even if she doesn't do all the exercises. And she is seeing mommy exercising which is setting up a good role model.
Edited by: SUNNYD76 at: 11/19/2014 (20:16)
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Walking is our #1 family hobby. Even when our little guy is in the stroller, the fresh air is great for him. It's a good habit to start so that the older they get they are familiar with family walks (that's my theory anyway!). Often (now this is looking back to non-winter seasons!) we walk for about an hour and stop on our route to play at a playground- so then he gets a chance to play and run around too.
The Wii is a good tool. As is just putting music on and dancing. Or doing exercise (treadmill, workout dvd, etc) while they play and do their own thing- then then see mom exercising and you are being a positive role model.
For biking, do you have a baby trailer? If you have a partner with you, you could put two trailers on - one for the 3 and 5 year old and one for the 14-month), then the 6 year old could bike beside you and as the 5 year old gets better on a bike they can get out of the trailer too. Oh and how about swimming??
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We do dance parties too! I also agree that walking for you is fine, young children get plenty of exercise bouncing around when they play and climbing at the playground. I usually walk mine to the playground, that way they get to climb out and about and then I get the walk there and back. Or you can climb with them!
We've been doing a lot of dancing around like crazy people. I have them shake their hands to the left, to the right, over head, in a circle.... We play instruments too. I've started to introduce real fitness "moves" like high knees and such - my two year old loves it!
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I think a walk is a good idea. Even though the 2 little ones won't get any exercise, they will probably just like the adventure. They also are probably busy 24/7, so they probably are not really in need of the exercise.
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I was wondering if anyone had suggestions of fitness videos for preschoolers (2 and 4). My oldest likes to participate in my videos but when it is a rainy yucky day I was looking for one all of us can do that would be fun and release energy. Any suggestions?
suggestion: our rec department had open gym times which is awesome and free for days you can't be outside.
Yes, I find using fitness DVD's and online work out video's helpful. Just try to sneak in a workout when the little one's are distracted and/or sleeping. If you are pressed for time there is a 9 minute workout on Dr. Oz's website called "Chris and Heidi's" 9 minute workout. Just search for it from his webpage at doctoroz.com
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Kara -- I like that suggestion -- play! We do play, quite a bit. And the kids get plenty of exercise from wrestling with me but I don't. They also get plenty of exercise form running around the park when we go, but I end up spending most of my time dealing with one or the other or wearing a baby on my back making it not so safe to run.
Maybe I just have to accept that I need to work on my own fitness on my own and focus on inculcating healthy habits in the kids separately. Which is kind of where I am right now.
Stay -- a Wii would be great. I actually bought one used a year ago and it stopped working within days. Aargh! My kids still ask for it. One problem is that we don't watch TV and therefore do not have a working TV in the house. Can you hook a Wii up to a computer screen?
play? If you are in an area without snow good games to play include tag and hide and go seek. If you live in an area like me with snow, then perhaps sliding?? I have a 3 year old and i still find it challenging to do much. especially on a limited income. I've looked up ideas on the participaction website and most suggestions are better suited for spring summer and fall months. I've also seen advertisements on trying to remember the games and things we did as a child to teach to our kids??? I don't really remember 3 that well!! lol For the time being we have tickkle fights and go swimming on occasion. If your spouse or a friend is able to go to the pool with you then maybe you can get them to watch the kids while you do some laps? The YMCA also has a great family membership while they watch your younger children your older children can swim in the pool and you can workout in the gym.
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I have four kids ages 14 months through 6 years old. I am struggling to find good ways to practice fitness together. Take a walk? Even if the younger two are in a stroller (and what kind of good does that do them?) we're not going above 2.5 mph. Bikes? The 6 year old can ride and the 5 and 3 year olds have balance bikes, but I need to go at the pace of the slowest among them. And I can't exactly run alongside a bike holding a toddler anyway.
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