Working on Our Fitness!
Some people spent the past 6 months of quarantine buying (and using!) Pelotons, testing out new smoothie recipes, and in general working on becoming their best selves. I am not one of these people. I would be lying if I said I will be emerging from this time like a butterfly from a chrysalis… In fact, I am fairly certain I went the opposite direction, morphing from a butterfly into the chubby little caterpillar who was STILL HUNGRY after eating, well, anything that remained on the Publix shelves.
However, while I was mainly using my muscles to lift handfuls of Golden Grahams into my mouth, I was also on the hunt for ways to keep my children active and entertained. I know they desperately missed their friends and all the activities they were used to (hello, pent up energy!) so I found a bunch of ways to incorporate exercise into our days. And yes, even I participated.
In general, my children spend more time pretending to be various animals than actual humans, so this was right up their alley. The animal workout is simple; you just pretend to be an animal! Think crab walks, bear crawls, bunny hops, and stretches like a cat. We even made it a game for the girls to come up with other animals and the movements to go along with it. (FYI, I don’t recommend trying to gallop like a horse on your knees.) I originally saw this workout idea on the website Hello, Wonderful so check it out for a bunch of animal ideas and detailed instructions!
Spell Your Name Workout!
Pinterest saves the day again! I found this workout at 730 Sage Street. My girls LOVED doing this one. Each letter of the alphabet has a corresponding exercise. We did my name, all three of my girl’s names, the cat’s name, and their Dad’s name. I was beat! My girls, however, were unfazed and usually continued on with a lively dance party, while I wheezed on the couch.
Roll the Dice!
I found a bunch of different ways to do this on Pinterest. Using them as a guide I compiled my own version. You choose if you want to use one or two dice. Each number you roll has a corresponding exercise. If you use one die, you will have a list of 6 exercises. Rolling a two could be 5 jumping jacks, for example. If you use two dice you would add the two numbers together and have a list of exercises from 2 – 12. My kiddos got a bonus math lesson out of this game, and really enjoyed taking turns (ahem, fighting over) rolling the dice.
Even as we slowly start to emerge from our houses and back into the world of actual pants with buttons, I think we will continue to do these workouts as a family. I’ve got to turn back into a butterfly one way or another…
How have you stayed active during quarantine? We would love to hear all about it! Pop over to Facebook and Instagram @islandprep and tell us what you did!
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