5 ways to workout with your kids

We know you like to workout, but how about your kids?   Here are some ways to encourage them to get up and moving too!

  1. Invite them on a run (or walk) with you.  Even if it’s just letting them out of the stroller for a block or two, it will improve their mood and involve them in your workout!
  2. Have a deck of cards?  Kids can play along with this workout as well.   Do it as a family!
  3. Push ups and yoga!  My kids always want to get down on the ground with me and show me THEIR form.   Such a great opportunity to be fit as a family.
  4. Dance Party! Gets my kids every single time.   (just please don’t film us!) 😉
  5. Circuit stations:  I set up various circuits for myself  (kettlebells, TRX, jump rope)  and then I make some for them  (push ups, jumping jacks, jump rope).   We all move from station to station together.  They LOVE this!

Make fitness FUN and everyone will want to join in!

How about you gang? How do you get your kids involved in fitness?


  1. Love the card idea! Hadn’t thought of that before. :)

  2. My son always copies me when I do yoga – now he pulls out the mat himself and comes up with his own moves. I think its good that he knows the word “exercise” and sees both mom and dad doing it on a regular basis – in all different varieties. I love your ideas! Last night we had a nerf gun war and I’m pretty sure that burned a decent amount of calories too 😉
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  3. Great ideas! We love the Smurf Dance Party for Wii. When I do kettlebell dvds, the girls hold 1 lb Zumba weights and do some of the moves along with me.
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  4. when my son was younger, he would be in gym with me and i’d use him for weighed crunches, squats, push ups, etc…

    and my daughter…ditto but at home not in gym
    and walking, biking and now yoga for her :)
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  5. Great list! :) and… cute little dude doing a plank/push-up :)
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  6. That little guy has great form!
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  7. Great article, keep up the good work, workout mom. 😉 Best wishes from the http://www.edgefatburner.com team
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  8. We love love love that here, too.
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  9. we love our family dance parties the best!
    Only thing that family-fitness-peeves me is when I’m trying to do push ups and the kids wanna jump on my back. My muscles are NOT that strong, yo!
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  10. My kid’s only 9 months old, but I do want to make sure he gets enough exercise and activity: I’ll be filing away the card workout, for sure! :) I figure I’ll have him Zumba-ing with me in a year or two, LoL! :))
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  11. Great tips! I have 5 kiddos and getting time to exercise is never easy. a lot of times if I do the videos at home they will work out alongside me and that’s always fun.
    Angela England´s last blog post ..Heartworms and Heartworm Disease in Dogs

  12. My eight year old is obsessed with workout shows and with The Biggest Loser. His greatest dream is to get my husband into the gym (or even the basement) and train him.
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  13. I love these! Kat from Inspired to Action just wrote a great article with the same title – and your lists are completely different. :) I usually exercise after my baby falls asleep, but that means my 4-year-old is awake. I try to include her in the exercise when I can, but she is reluctant. All of these ideas will be great to entice her to join me.
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  14. I love the card workout idea. I’m always looking for ways to workout with my son. I run stroller based fitness classes which are a great way to do just that, but it’s nice to get ideas on how to get him involved at home. Thanks for sharing!

  15. My husband and I have discovered that when we work out together, all the kids end up in the basement with us trying it themselves. So we’ve committed to making our workouts joint at least 4 d a week. The boys are always moving but now they are starting to ask to “work out!”

  16. My two-year old does the Insanity warm-up with my husband and I. She gets so excited when we tell her it’s time to workout! I need to record her doing it as I think she has better technique doing high knees than I do!
    Sarah BB @ East9thStreet´s last blog post ..Color, Click, Capture Photography Challenge – Week 2 {Orange}

  17. Thanks for the great ideas! We just started an “exercise club” with a few different families. We are meeting once a week to participate in a different sport each time. It has been so much fun getting everyone included! Stopping by from BCC.
    Tonia @TheGunnySack´s last blog post ..Mini Pepperoni Loaves

  18. Some great ideas! My kids love Gaiam TV’s yoga for kids.
    Jen Correa @ Mom’s Gotta Run´s last blog post ..Ditch the Negativity, Try Something New

  19. Great ideas! :)

  20. Weight loss at a young age should not be a primary goal – more important is a focus on behavior change, proper diet, and regular exercise. A jump rope is all that is needed for some vigorous exercise that can improve their hearts and lungs, burn calories and fat, and teach balance and coordination.

  21. Love this! My daughter loves to run with me or show me her ballet moves so I can try them too. Encouraging them be active at a young age is so important!
    Jamima´s last blog post ..Sporty Looks For Your Little Ones


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