Exercise: Essential for Mamas and Kids

I’ve never enjoyed exercising.  Sometimes, especially in college, I would make exercising every day a priority.  After about a month, it became a habit, and then I didn’t hate doing it so much.  I honestly can’t say, though, that I’ve ever loved exercising.  I hate getting sweaty.

So, for a mama who really doesn’t like exercising, putting it as a priority for my kids is a challenge.

Here’s how we try to make sure our kids get enough exercise:


Hiking.  Since we’ve moved to Arizona, we’ve enjoyed hiking, especially during the winter and spring when temperatures are cooler.  My husband often takes the kids on a hike on Saturday and/or Sunday.  This is a great way to exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.  (My favorite kind of exercise!)

Biking.  Several times a week, Bookworm heads out for a 30 minute bike ride.  I think growing teen boys especially need to get out and get some exercise.  The girls also like to go bike riding a few times a week, usually with my husband in the evening or weekend.

Outdoor play.  Come May, we’ll spend most of our time indoors in air conditioning because the heat will be stifling.  Right now, though, the temperatures are in the 70s and just lovely.  I make sure every afternoon after lunch to send the girls outside to play for 30 minutes to an hour.

Co-op play.  When our co-op is in session, Bookworm plays street hockey and the girls take dance and gymnastics.  Our co-op is on hiatus for a semester.  If it doesn’t end up resuming in the fall, I’ll sign the girls up for a dance class somewhere and Bookworm for some type of martial arts class.

Park day.  Once a month our homeschool group meets to play in the park.  I make going there a priority because the kids get exercise and they get to hang out with their friends.

Walk with mom.  In the summer, I tend to get up early and take a walk around 6 a.m. to beat the heat.  I often take one of the kids with me, alternating every morning.

So, that’s how we try to get in exercise in our home.  It’s not enough, but it’s something.

How do you find time to exercise yourself?  How do you make sure your kids get enough exercise?

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  1. We often walk on the weekends, and the lad and hubby love doing pokemon Go.

  2. We have the blessing of Kurt working at health club, so if the weather isn;t cooperating, we go exercise there. Its not as much fun as hiking, but at least the treadmill doesn’t get icy in the winter. :0

  3. So very important in a digital age for our kids.

  4. We have the 2 youngest girls still at home in dance classes at the local YMCA. While they dance, I ride the exercise bike, or go down to the pool. The oldest, homeschooled one, takes 2 classes per week. The younger one, who goes to school, takes one class per week. So, I usually get down to the gym 3 times per week. I have a treadmill out in the shop, but don’t go out there to walk on it much. At our old house, it was in our large bedroom, in front of a tv, so I did that every night after everyone went to bed.

    We occasionally take a walk, hike or bike ride. I take a lot of hikes when we are camping. We camp several times each spring/summer/fall. Last summer, we went clamming a couple of times, and that involves long walks on the beach, but doesn’t feel like exercise. We also go fishing when we are camping, and that often involves a walk.

    In the past, when the big kids were still at home, we varied the activities, but the boys liked to play outside a lot when they were younger. We also did swimming lessons at times. All 6 girls had dance at one time or another, but the ones who liked it best did it for more years and some of them quit quickly:)

  5. I agree! I don’t like to exercise either, but I do love the benefits of it. We try to do a lot of these same things. But, winters are hard here. I feel like we haven’t really exercised in months. A hike sounds nice right now!

  6. I strive to find time to exercise for myself. I have found some quick 10 minute walking workouts. I usually end up having the kids walk with me. Right now it has been gorgeous for February so we have been riding bike again.

    • That’s what I should do. It’s so hard in the day to find 30 or 60 minutes to exercise, but I think I can handle 10 minutes!

  7. I’m having a very difficult time thinking about 70* temps. (dreaming) But, thankfully, my punks are pretty active and get outside in most weather. Right now, they’re digging tunnels in the snow.

    • Yes, the weather is lovely now, but we’ll pay the price May – September when it’s above 100 degrees every day.

  8. We bought a treadmill a couple of years ago and it has been a good addition for us. I try to use it each morning before we get school going. – Lori

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