Ways To Keep Fit While Spending Time With Your Children

Posted on February 25th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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If you are a mom with little ones, then you know that it can be very difficult to carve out time alone to work out. Quite frankly, if I don’t wake up very early in the morning to work out, then it’s very likely I won’t work out at all. I don’t have family nearby to help watch them. I don’t want to (or have the extra funds to) pay for a babysitter. And I can’t justify paying for a gym membership so gym provided childcare isn’t an option either. So, sometimes, I have to get creative about my workouts. In case you can relate to my dilemma, here are a few tips to help you get your workout while also spending time with the children.

1. Go to the playground. It goes without saying that the children will be happy about that. Who says you can’t utilize the monkey bars, run around, and even do a few squats or jumping jacks while your children play. When my children were very little, I used to do squats between pushes on the swings. If they were both on the swings at the same time, I would jump side to side in between pushes.

2. Go for a walk. You can walk while they ride their scooter, tricycle, bicycle (if they ride fast enough, maybe you could go for a run). Or, you can all walk together. Children love to get out. Getting out for 15 or 20 minutes will be good for everyone.

3. Workout videos. I used to try to workout only before my children woke up in the morning or during their nap time. But, as every mom knows, the best laid plans surrounding children sleeping don’t always turn out. Although I still prefer to workout alone, I don’t hesitate to pop in a work out video before their nap or if it looks like nap time is not translating into actual sleep. You’ll all enjoy it and get a little workout in all at the same time.

How do you keep fit with little ones in the house?

Free Summer Fun — Part 3

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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It’s been a few weeks since I last posted on some of the fun (and free!) activities we have done with our children. We have visited our local fire station and stood just yards away from a plane taking off at a local private airport. Both of those activities were fun for our entire family and left our children with such an interest and excitement that we have checked out books on fire engines and planes to read from the library. And, we have read them over and over again 😉

It’s July and the heat has been seriously turned up in our neck of the woods. Seriously. So, while we do still make early trips to the playground and hop into the little kiddie pool in the backyard, we also look for indoor (air conditioned) activities. So, we visited our local pet store.

We saw dogs getting groomed. We enjoyed looking at all the fish in the multiple very pretty aquariums. And, hamsters. Oh, did they enjoy those hamsters spinning round and round and round again. It was cute for the first spin or two for mom and dad. But, I’m sure our children could have watched those hamsters all day long.

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The children had a blast. And, before we left, we purchased a few crickets. It turns out that my husband and the children discovered a frog in the backyard the night before we went to the pet store. So, the bag of crickets was “food” for “Froggy.”

And, yes, they fed Froggy that night. It was such an exciting day for them! What a wonderful reminder of how easy and inexpensive it can be to participate in fun (and maybe even educational) activities with young children during these hot summer months.

It wasn’t like going to the zoo. But, we had fun, stayed cool and were still back home before lunch.

What fun, free activities have you discovered this summer?

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