Skip the carpool and get in the habit of walking your kids to school -- and home again in the afternoon. Can't possibly fit both into your schedule? Start with just one way. You're also making your footprint a little bit greener, and you'll have a few extra minutes to enjoy your kids and transition into the next phase of your day.
Grab a ball or a Frisbee -- or just lace up your sneakers -- and get outside with your kids. You can find plenty of playground workouts listed online, or create your own. You and your kids will benefit. Time it right, and Dad can join in after work -- or sneak in a weekend "workout" for the whole family to enjoy.
Plan a weekend outing for your family. Hike a nearby nature trail. Take a picnic lunch and make a day of the activity. Don't forget to bring a camera so you can take shots of wildflowers and any wild animals you spy.
Try searching your library's online database for a fitness DVD you can do with your kids. A tip: pick something you've never tried, whether it's yoga, Tae-Bo, or something else, and get a video designed specifically for kids. If you're new at the sport, a kid-friendly workout is a great way to dive in.
Get the whole family involved in prepping a room for repainting or even just cleaning and organizing the kitchen from top to bottom. Climbing up and down stepladders to reach cans, hauling bags of trash, and scrubbing windows may not be a traditional workout, but it will get your heart pumping. And the whole family can take pride in the redone room afterwards.
Pick a sport, any sport, and set a weekly date with another family to play. Basketball, softball, tennis, or whatever you all enjoy can be great group games. Keep the focus on fun rather than on competition, and make sure to include everyone.
With a little thought and creativity, you can create a whole family fitness plan that works for you -- and gives you a great workout.
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