Sweat it out and inject some fun into your day by exercising with the kiddos at home!
Even though things seem grim at the moment, there’s a part of us that loves spending all this time at home with the family. Sure, the kiddos might be a little tough to handle at times (i.e. when we really need to get work done), but we wouldn’t trade this precious time with them for anything else. One of our favourite activities? Exercising! It releases endorphins and is a great way to get the kids down for a nap. And while we’re confined to the spaces of our homes (thanks, coronavirus) for now, that doesn’t mean we still can’t work out. Well, if you need any recommendations, try these workouts at home – we reckon you and the kids will love ‘em.
HOME WORKOUTS: FOR THE FAMILY
Cosmic Kids Yoga
We’re no stranger to a yoga lesson every once in a while – if only we could get some peace and quiet while working at home. But what if you get the kids involved, too? What if we told you that you could calm the kids down before bed with some mindfulness yoga? Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga – our kids’ favourite yoga YouTube channel and preferred choice of workout at home. It’s great because there are cute animations and its yoga poses are kid-friendly and easy for the little ones to emulate. Our little ones love it, and we’re sure yours will, too. Psst, there’s even a yoga adventure inspired by Frozen – wow!
7 Minute Fitness
This simple app has been reviewed and loved by parents because it’s not only easy, but takes up a fraction of your kids’ time and attention span – it only takes seven minutes! There are exercises for every level, so you know your kids can definitely participate if they want to. And if they’re bored, you can always opt for a tougher exercise instead. The best part? The monster in the app is adorable and will keep the kids entertained.
Super Stretch Yoga
Here’s another yoga recommendation a lot of parents and kids love. Why? Because Super Stretch Yoga makes yoga really simple for the little ones to follow. The tots can get fit while learning moves from animated characters out of storybooks and cartoons. And here’s the best part – the website also has digital colouring activities and colouring pages for the little ones to work with after they’re done with their yoga session. Fun times guaranteed!
Get the kids moving with videos from GoNoodle. Its free mindfulness and movement videos are developed by child development experts to keep the kids moving and active at home. Alternatively, you could always download its GoNoodle app for more fun – the tykes can enjoy these amazing videos on the go and play interactive games by moving their body. A great way to make screen time at home active!
Sworkit is one of our favourite apps and our go-to app when we need to work out at home. We’ve found that Sworkit Kids is an even better option for kids – especially when there are a ton of options! The app’s exercises and workout options allow you to train your kids’ strength, agility and flexibility for five or 30 minutes, and they’re incredibly simple to follow, too. Plus, there are expert videos which can guide them along the way. What’s not to love?
PopSugar Fitness’s workout for families
Expend some of that anxious energy with some cardio in the home! PopSugar Fitness has a fun family workout video with exciting games and challenges that will keep the kids – and you – moving. We love it because the exercises are suited for all members of the family – frog jumps and hopscotch have honestly never been so tiring…
If there’s one thing we love more than playing console games as a family, it’s getting to exercise at the same time. If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch or an old Wii lying around, play take it out for a spin and dance to your favourite music hits or kid-friendly ones with Just Dance 2020! It’s bound to be a blast, and will surely leave you with sore arms after.
Don’t have a console? No fret, because you can just search for these videos on YouTube and dance away. For an added workout, we recommend holding two 1.5 litre bottles while you pop and lock away. Who knew dancing at home could be such a tiring workout?
Pow Kapow’s a brand new sportswear company here in town, and they’ve got great exercises for the kids and family to do. If your little ones want to improve or maintain their flexibility, pop on this video and learn some exercises to help you do the splits. You could also follow along these simple exercises to help improve the kids’ posture, which we could all benefit from after sitting at the (home) office all day. Or, do some light stretching before going to bed – we’re sure it’ll help keep the kids in bed all night.
HOME WORKOUTS: FOR ADULTS
Nike Training Club
Gyms may still be open (for now), but we’d rather not take the risk sweating it out in an enclosed space with people coming in and out. That’s why we love Nike’s Training Club app – it has high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises that are perfect for athletes of all abilities. Plus, you can do these simple (read: possibly strenuous) workouts from the comfort of your own home. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but prepare to sweat buckets. Great for your health and sanity, though!
Even though the country isn’t in lockdown (and hopefully will stay that way), everyone’s doing their bit to stay home and avoid public parks. It certainly seems like the zombie apocalypse, doesn’t it? Well, if you’re a fan of zombie flicks and have already binged all of Netflix’s Kingdom or The Walking Dead, burn off those couch calories with Zombie, Run!. The gameplay’s simple: avoid getting caught by zombies during your run, and complete missions for every run you go on. Not a runner? You can always jog or walk at your own pace. It’s simple and effective… just try not to get eaten on the way home. Don’t forget to bring your earphones for this one!
Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort
If you’ve ever wanted to plan a trip with your good mates or partner sans kids to Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort for a week of good vibes and workouts that’ll tone your body, you’re in luck. Thanks to the coronavirus, the resort will be releasing a series of daily online fitness classes conducted by Thanyapura coaches for people to enjoy for free at home. Think Zumba, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), core workouts, Muay Thai and more. Plus, if you really wanted to, you could also opt to pay for online personal training sessions via its website – score!