From "Whats your excuse" thread, seems that many of us can't stand the gym or don't have enough time to exercise. Let's share some gym alternative ideas that are more fun or can involve kids.
I'll start first. I hate the gym but love dancing so zumba is the perfect exercise for me. I go to a class with an instructor if someone can help with DS. If not, I just open some zumba videos on youtube so me & DS can dance to it. It normally last for 5-10 minutes then he wants me to pick him up. Better than nothing
I also do small exercise with dumbbells when watching TV, DS has his dumbbell-like toys so he can imitate me. Also last 5-10 minutes then he wants the big dumbbells and gives me the toys
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18-10-2013 21:21 #1
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18-10-2013 21:36 #2
I went to a baby dance thing, where you dance with baby in a carrier. Unfortunately it clashed with my mother's group walking day.
Otherwise I walk because I can't drive, so would regularly walk 20+ klms a week. There's a good playground 2.5 klms away so just there and back is 5 klms. It adds up quickly.
I need commitments to things though, like meeting people places, otherwise "I'll go tomorrow".
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18-10-2013 21:43 #3
18-10-2013 21:43 #4
I just picked up a couple of zumba dvd's from the library today. It's just bloody impossible to exercise with the kids. I'm hoping they might like zumba cos it's fun & dancy. I also got a 'tai chi 4 kids' dvd which I'm hoping we can do together.
I would go jump on the tramp with them but I didn't do my kegels lol
Dd2 can ride a balance bike so I need to get organized and take her out. She can move fast enough to give me a fast walk. planning it into the day is hard tho, I have so much on. Next to schedule it
18-10-2013 21:53 #5Senior Member
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I have always had back issues so working on my core is pretty important. Crunches won't always work your core, you can get some good looking abs from them but for most people it works the top half, as opposed to your core.
get a ball, size of a basketball, that isn't too full. So you can squish it. Place it under your lower back, lying down, right near your bum. Straighten legs. Lift your legs up high, just past vertical if possible, then slowly let them down with control. Repeat. As you get stronger you can move the ball up higher on your back.
18-10-2013 22:03 #6
Pilates. I put the DVD on and go for it. The kids have fun trying it too.
I also bought a rower at tax time. When I get a spare 10 mins during the day I jump on it. Ds1 will sometimes come and sit it the room with me and read his home reader to me. Win win
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18-10-2013 22:05 #7
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18-10-2013 22:08 #8
My favourite exercise is taking my kids to a playground (preferably by walking!) And then playing like Iam tthe most excited kid there. (I let my kids play too). Climb and crawl and chase and run and have fun! My kids love it and I love spending time with them doing things that they enjoy. Ive given up doing a 'proper' workout at home any more, they always crack the sh!ts and want somrthing after 10 minutes. I dont enjoy the gym anymore, I like to be out getting my vit d
18-10-2013 22:24 #9
I play soccer. Indoor soccer all year round. It's really fast and you work up a sweat big time. I am "furniture" at the indoor centre, so I often get recruited to fill in for other teams, which means I pay $10 for one game and get to play two or three most nights.
I play outdoor summer soccer on Tuesday evenings throughout summer, and full field proper soccer during winter, with training on a Wednesday night. It's great, the teams I play in are mostly mums, we can bring our kids, and there is usually a mini-creche on the sideline.
I did bootcamp for a couple of months after having DS, I LOVED it, it was outdoors, social and interesting. Sadly they moved it to a sanitised indoor location, and it became less interesting. I do go to the gym, but my aim with the gym is to ensure that I am still playing sport when I am in my 40's, because sport it fun.
Being UTD, I am not allowed to play soccer in my team of rough mummas! I miss it so much, I will be the fat lady on the sideline screaming "hack the bone" at the rest of my team this winter!
18-10-2013 22:24 #10
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