I’ve heard it many times before, “I don’t have the time” and, “I can’t go to the gym, I have to watch my kids.” Well, guess what? You don’t have to leave home and your kids will be happy to get involved with exercises like these below!

Not only are home-workouts super effective and convenient, but incorporating your kids into your healthy habits from an early age is a fantastic interactive experience for you and them.

The exercises listed are designed to have you gain strength and shed body fat.

1. Figure-Eight Squat

Directions: Find an open space in your living room. Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Sit back into a squat position and make sure your back is straight with your arms out straight in front of you. If your legs aren’t on fire, go a little bit lower! Hold this position. Tell your child to do figure-eights by crawling around and through your legs. Have them to count for 10 total figure-eights. After, take a 30 second-rest and repeat the exercise 2 more times.

2. High-Five Sit Ups

Directions: Lay on your back on a mat and bend your knees so your feet are flat on the ground. Have your child step on your toes and stand straight facing you. You will be sitting up and giving them high-fives. Tell them to keep their hands together. They can place them anywhere to make it harder for you (to the sides, upwards or straight out in front). Have them count to 20 then take a rest. Repeat 2 more times.

If you have more than 1 child that wants to participate, have each one step on a foot. This will be added weight to help you stabilize your sit-up.

3.  Plank and a Jumper!

Directions: Start in plank position off of your elbows. To do this, start on your stomach on the ground. Prop yourself up onto your elbows and toes. Make sure your back is straight and core is engaged (no bum-mountain!). Lean forward enough so your forehead is just over your hands. Hold this position without dropping to the ground. Have your child start on the right side. Tell him to do 5 jumping jacks then run around to your other side and perform 5 more jumping jacks. Continue repeating this until your plank drops down. Take a short rest and repeat 2 more times.

Set a goal with your child like, “Go back and fourth 5 times and I won’t drop until then!”

4. Quick Feet Cardio

Directions: Find any open space with your kids. Your goal is for all of you to move your feet in place as quick as you can (like running on the spot). Your timer: sing the chorus of a favorite song, spell out your names, recite the alphabet, etc. Make sure your “chosen timer” is at least 15-20 seconds. Take a rest then repeat 2 more times.

5. Walking Lunges with Baby

Directions: Find a hallway space and hold your baby in a secure spot in your arms (you may use a baby backpack /carrier). Hold them at the center of your chest or straight out in front of you. Find what works best. Start with your feet together. Take one big step forward with your right foot and sink your back knee down towards the floor. Power your back foot together with the front. Continue these lunges and alternate your legs. Do 10 steps total and take a rest. Repeat 2 more times.

About Guest Blogger, Christina Tonello / www.ctxfitness.com

Christina is a well-recognized Fitness and Wellness coach from Toronto, Ontario. She currently resides in Charlotte where she continues to educate the community on living with optimal health and taking control of their lives. She specializes in Charlotte workshops, online fitness and wellness coaching, assessments and boot camp.

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