Fitness Meets Chores: Fitting a Workout into your Everyday Routine

Fitness Meets Chores: Fitting a Workout into your Everyday Routine

New Year, New You, right? You’re pumped, you’re actually going to do it this time. You’ve researched and set your goals and you’re inspired to join a boot camp class… until you read the class times. Whether 6 am or 6 pm, you’ve got kids hanging off you and a household to maintain, which make workouts slip way down in the priorities list. However, there’s a way to fulfill your body goals without running up the nanny-meter. Here are some tips to do a fitness routine in every room of your house, while fixing dinner and maintaining that all-important quality time with the family:

In the kitchen:
  • Try doing step-ups on a stool while you wait for food in the microwave. Step up with the right foot, up with the left, down with the right, down with the left. Switch lead legs halfway through the time on your microwave.
  • While putting away dishes, reach up on your tiptoes to strengthen calf muscles. Lunge into movements while putting away dishes in lower cupboards
In the eating area:
  • Who said cleaning up food crumbs and milk spray under the table isn’t part of a fitness routine? While you’re down there, crank out 10 full push-ups.
  • Waiting for the tykes to munch their food (and not eating with them)? Try 10 reverse lunges on each leg. It’s also a good lead-in to talking about the importance of eating good healthy fuel to make our bodies work in a variety of ways.
In the playroom:
  • While hanging out with the kids, try holding a plank position for 30 seconds, working your way up to a minute. Teach your kids the move and cheer each other on. It’s also a good way for new babies to enjoy some tummy time with mom.
  • Work some jumping jacks, burpees, or jumps squats into a fun game of “Malfunctioning Robot” or “Friendly Monster.” Or put on your favorite music — it could be Raffi or Rihanna — and show your kids how to bust a move.
  • Crawl on the floor to put toys away. Engage your core and feel the abs work to pull your knees in and reach with the arms.
  • Lying on your back, lift your baby or toddler in the air for an airplane ride that is fun for them and challenging for you.
No time for the gym? there’s a way to fulfill your body goals without running up the nanny-meter.


  • While supervising a kid on the potty, drop down to plank position on your hands. Then bring one knee in toward the chest, alternating legs in a mountain climber move. Do 10 on each side. Junior still taking care of business? Switch up the move to bring your knee to the opposite shoulder.
  • When the kids are in the tub, you need to be close — so how about triceps dips on the edge of the bathtub? It’s sure to elicit giggles from the tub occupants.

After all that, you’ve groaned, sweated a bit, laughed and burned calories, while still getting stuff done and being with the kids. Plus, the tikes saw their parent actively pursuing a healthy lifestyle, setting the stage for them to also make fitness routine a priority in their lives.



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