Whether it’s telling my homeschool friends that I work or telling my co-workers that I homeschool the response is almost always the same:“How in the world do you do it all?”I get this question so often that I automatically reply, “It’s simple. I don’t do it all.”
I homeschool three children several days a week and I also work two nights a week as a hospice nurse. To say that my time is precious is an understatement. I have learned to make the important things a priority and have placed everything else on my “I’ll get to it if I have time” list. Current items on that list are washing my windows, bleaching my bathroom tile, and some weeks…changing my daughters’s sheets.
One thing that is a priority to me is physical fitness. My weight has always been (and will always continue to be) a struggle for me. Two years ago when this Simply Healthy Mama journey began, I was sedentary and lived off of junk food and soda. I have lost 40 pounds (so far!) by changing my eating habits and exercising regularly. I try hard to balance time spent exercising and time spent with family. Is a healthy lifestyle important? Yes. But my children are more important than me being a size 6.
Sometimes I have to be creative in how I get my workout time in. I still enjoy getting on the treadmill at the gym (and have no guilt whatsoever about dropping them off in the youth lounge at the gym for an hour while I do so) but I am trying to find ways that we can all be active together. Here are a few ideas for physical activities you can do with your children.
1. Take an exercise class with your kids. My gym offers kid’s classes every day of the week. I haven taken Kid’s Zumba with my two older girls. It was a great workout and I get to spend time with them too. And let me tell you, Kid’s Zumba ain’t no joke.
3. Have one “fun fitness day” a month. This is actually recommended in my race training program to break of the monotony of running every day. Skating and bowling are two of our favorite activities!
|Roller Derby Queen! I so missed my calling.|
|Hooping at a local music festival|
|Homemade hula hoops!
9. Lead by example. The best thing you can do to encourage your kids to be active is to be active yourself. On a recent trip to the local university to run the stadium steps my three year old said, “Look mama! I can do it too!” Be a good example to your kiddos, mama! They are watching everything you do (or don’t do!).
Physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I’m seeing the importance of teaching my kids to do something active every day. Thirty minutes daily of jumping on the trampoline of playing an active Wii game is almost a requirement in our house!
Do you have any tips for keeping your children active? I’d love to hear some of your ideas!