Kid-Friendly Workouts and other Parenting Advice from the “Non-Parent”

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The past few weeks, I’ve been lovingly overwhelmed by little people around me, and it made me keenly aware of how important it is to fit your daily exercise around your already hurried life. Oh and guess what, there’s not much time to prepare a nutritious snack between the initial “I’m so hungry…” wail and the self-destructive breakdown that ensues shortly after. (Drop the juicer, Lacey… it’s not happening…)

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I feel it’s important to multitask your wellness efforts, mostly because, well… who has time to do it any other way? With some minor planning ahead, you can stay on track and be Captain Wonderful for those around you. Also, be flexible! One day, last week, I had a six-mile run planned; however, with a last-minute little niece in the neighborhood, I sacrificed the six-miler for “superstar jumps” with my niece, followed by “down and ups” which wound up leaving my abs sore the next morning. (I wonder if she was sore?) And wouldn’t you know it, kids still love the “airplane” move—and it’s still a great glutes/leg workout!

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A little Insanity can also serve as prep for nap time.

I hope you enjoy these homemade workouts that made the week fit and super fun for me. And the nourishment… well, not only did we eat well, but we nourished our soul as well. I can’t wait for all of them to visit again. Enjoy!

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First off—Hydration!

Cut up some mango, strawberries, lemon, cucumber, and lime

Have the little ones drop their favorite choices into jars or big travel mugs. Mix up the combinations for different flavors. Set in the refrigerator.

Superstar workout

Warm up: Crazy dance (basically move and shake any way your body leads for one minute)

Squeeze down and pop jump out into an X (do sets of 10—have the child work on her number counting)

With hands lifted above your head at all times, sit down and lay back; pull back up and stand (count to 25)

Rabbit Jumps (For one minute. All. Around. The. House.) So much fun.

Remember

High five one another and repeat the series again! (And once more if you’re in a silly/crazy mode.)

 

Superstar Snack

Fresh berries in coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt)

Sprinkle Cinnamon/Ginger mix on top

(Remember to click your spoons together and say, ‘Cheers!’ before you dig in!)

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Pup Sprints and Claps

(If you don’t have pets, you can use stuffed animals or another family member instead.)

Set markers outside (or inside) far enough away to get a good distance in. The goal is to get to that spot as fast as possible either: running, skipping, high-kneeing, or bunny hopping—you choose!)

Each time to get across to the other side, high five your pet, stuffed animal, or family member/friend.

Don’t forget to stretch: Our favorite is still to sit feet to feet, grab hands, and pull back and forth.

Caution: laughing will occur, but it’s ok—laughing is a good ab workout. 

 

Cheer Snack

Every good cheerleader keeps almonds in her bag/purse at all times, and it’s funny how that habit spills over into my life now as a spokesperson and coach. I always have almonds close by—in my purse, car, stuffed behind a couch (I’m kidding on the last one…)

For a quick, on-the-go snack, mix your favorite healthy nuts and dried fruit into a trail mix. There’s so much to choose from and a little of these two ingredients goes a LONG way—don’t over-consume.

The cool thing about this snack is that once you gather up your healthy ingredients, you can put them in a baggie and walk down to your favorite scenic area and chat life while you snack, stretch, and celebrate the time together. Chat princesses, princes, and the latest Dora adventure. 

Oh and don’t forget to grab your containers of flavored water and chug-a-lug!

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My little ones think that ‘healthy is being able to keep up…’ Can you keep up with the energy surrounding you?

Whether you consider my not-normal parent status legit or not, isn’t important here. Nobody can argue that there’s a need for more nurturing in today’s world. Be kind to yourself first, so you can share kindness with and nurture those around you. I’ll always be grateful for the time I have with the little ones in my life. None of them are day-in, day-out, day-after-day for me, but thankfully, my family makes decisions to allow for this quality time to happen frequently.

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I already miss my little pull-up beast. 

In health… Aunt Lacey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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