5 Ways to Make Family Exercise a Reality

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Fitness is not the top priority of Family Fun Twin Cities, but we know it is important.  And while your personal fitness choices are your own, we do know that half the battle as a parent is how to fit it into our schedules.  At least it is for me.

I’ve done everything to try to get it into my day.  But I have learned that if I don’t exercise before noon, I probably won’t get it in.  Or if I don’t ask my husband to make sure I get out right after supper, it’s not going to happen. And being that it’s winter in Minnesota, going outside isn’t always the easiest thing.

One way to battle this is to include your kids into your exercise routine. Make family exercise a part of your daily routine and have fun.

I have a few ideas as to how to make it a game that you will play, too.

    • Do simple weightlifting.  But instead of using dumbells, use soup cans.  Everyone can use soup cans.  You may need more weight than  a soup can, but this is a great way to introduce weightlifting to your kids.
    • Do sit-ups with you child sitting on your belly.  Everytime you come up, poke them in the belly.
    • Line dance together.  While I don’t recommend doing exercise videos together (my kids got bored within 30 seconds), you can teach them some line dances.  The best one to increase your heart rate is “Cotton-Eyed Joe.”

  • Try some kid-friendly yoga.  There are lots of videos on YouTube for this. 


  • Go swimming.  This may be just a once a week–maybe even less–activity, but it is fun for the whole family.

Exercising can be fun.  Everyone can have a great time, but it takes a little bit of planning.  (What’s with being a parent and planning?)  This month, Family Fun Twin Cities is dedicated to finding some of the best places to exercise for the whole family to alleviate some of the crazy cabin fever we experience.

If you need more ideas, you can head over to our YouTube channel for different videos.  We hope to be adding to it throughout the month.  


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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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