You read that right. You CAN fit in exercise with a toddler!
I’m not talking about toting them to a gym to stay in the daycare. That involves preparing to leave your home, working around meal and nap times, and taking a chance that the daycare is FULL when you get there. That in itself is a workout. I’m not even talking about anything hard that involves changing into full workout gear or dragging out equipment.
I AM talking about simple and easy ways how to fit in exercise with a toddler by taking advantage of your daily routine. You know….those mundane things you do day in and day out. Simply by looking at your routine differently, you can successfully find the time to exercise with a toddler.
The key to success is one word….WITH! Include your toddler in your workout. Toddlers love mommy time and if you are like me, you struggle to give them the attention they desperately crave. I am totally there with you! Homeschooling, housework, and cooking already take up a lot of your time.
Here are 5 ways you can fit in exercise with a toddler:
1. TODDLER DANCE OFF
Does your child LOVE videos? Mine too! Do you feel guilty popping in a video every time you need to get something done around the house or teach another child? Me too!
This is your chance to embrace the videos your child loves. Have you noticed that a lot of videos nowadays try to get kids to be more active and involved? They are filled with music and movement. A couple of our favorites are The Wiggles videos and Mommy and Me videos. Grab your toddler and dance and move along with the characters.
Your toddler will love it and if you give it your all, you WILL break a sweat. I promise!
2. TODDLER “PLAY” TIME
This is where you can get creative.
Turn getting your toddler out of bed in the morning and after nap time into a game. Raise them up and down for a count of three before lifting them up high into the air and over the bed rail.
Or when heading to the changing table, fly them like superman or trot like a horse.
My little one loves to come up and sit on my foot any time he spots me with my legs crossed. I hold each pudgy little hand out to the side and raise my leg into the air saying “up, Up, and AWAY!”. On “AWAY”, my leg goes as high as I can lift it. Do this 10 times in a row and you will be feeling the burn.
I am certain that you can come up with other ways. You are probably already doing some of these very things.
3. CHANGING TABLE CALISTHENICS
Probably the most repetitious activity you do with your toddler is change their diaper. This is the perfect opportunity to do some changing table calisthenics! After the changing is done and baby is safely back on the floor, try some squats. Face the table and hold on with your hands shoulder width apart. Squat down as if you are sitting in a chair. Don’t forget to squeeze your buttocks muscles on the way back up! Next, do some lunges. Turn to the side, hold on to the changing table, and lunge forward with one leg. Return to a standing position and repeat. You could even make it a game. If it’s a pee pee diaper do the squats. If it’s a dirty diaper, do the lunges. Either way, use it to your advantage!
4. MEAL TIME BICEP CURLS
Keep a set of hand weights by the high chair. While your toddler is eating, pump some iron. Print off a short routine to work different muscles at breakfast, lunch, and snack times. Relax with the family at suppertime.
5. STROLL WITH IT, BABY
Your stroller can be used for something other than surviving a shopping trip. Now is the time to break out of the stuffy house and the escape the mundane. Run, jog, or walk! Toddlers love to go outside and explore the world around them. P.S. You, Mom, need the fresh air and vitamin D too!
So, there you go! Simple and easy ways how to fit in exercise with a toddler. The key is being purposeful and taking advantage of your daily routine. Now, go have some fun. It will make your toddler and your body so happy.