When it comes to our fitness regime, one of the biggest hurdles is finding the time to do it regularly.
While good intentions are to be commended, the practicality of life as a mum can sometimes rule out your evening spin class.
However, we can sometimes use our busy schedules as an excuse to bail out altogether, which isn't good for anybody.
With a little creativity and planning, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find a compromise.
We’re big fans of mum and child fitness classes or activities.
Our afternoons are already filled with trips to different clubs and sports, so why not find something you can all do together?
From at-home workouts to organised classes, we’re sure there is something here that is the perfect option for you and your family.
1. Family walks
While leisurely weekend walks are lovely, we’re talking something a little more focussed to get your heart rate up.
Once the dinner is done, it’s time to put on your runners and get outside with the kids.
If you've a dog at home, all the better - head to a local park and do a few laps.
We love using the classic ‘let’s make it a race’ tactic to get them little ones moving.
2. Dance party
You don’t have to leave the house to get your 30 minutes of exercise in.
We’ve invested in a few video games that are great at keeping the kids attention while helping us get our sweat on.
However, there’s nothing to stop you cranking the volume and just shaking it in the kitchen.
3. Just keep swimming
We could not list all the benefits of swimming, but just know, it’s a really great form of exercise.
Usually much cheaper than an organised fitness class, heading to the local pool is a great activity for the entire family.
Kids always like to hang off Mum or Dad in the pool, so make use of your human weights and get lifting.
4. Clean up
While not the most taxing of exercises, cleaning can get your heart rate up ever so slightly, which is the goal.
Again, why not make it a race?
See who can get all the lego back in the box the quickest and you’ll quickly find yourself panting.
5. Ad break challenges
If you’ve managed to get them sitting down to watch TV, you might not want to ruin the peace, but this can be a great incentive.
Set yourself challenges so whenever the television goes to a break, you’ve got something to fill those two or three minutes with.
Whether you’re running on the spot, doing couch push ups or continuing the dance party from earlier, get your body moving.