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Workout Tips for mother-daughter duo

While you are looking around for a workout partner in order to get fit, just a hand shake away is one in form of mother and/or a daughter.

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Age doesn’t matter if you have a daughter who is a pre-schooler, grade schooler, teenager and so on. This will not help in building your physical fitness but what you stand to gain is a emotional bonding which will only get stronger with time and age.

Stop blaming genetics and lack of time for un-wanted weight gain. Its actually the choices we make daily all  the while we are growing up like–what we eat, how active we stay–are the things that need to be controlled. Don’t give up, its NOW or EVER.

There are number of activities  you get involved in, well, check out some of the suggestions.

Pre-schooler(0-5 years):  That’s a tender age for a girl and the right time to help them understand the value of playing and staying active. Before she begins to walk take her in a pram for a stroll in a park near by.  Walk around for say 20 min, this will serve as a habit for you to stay active and stay updated with what’s happening around. Your baby have a chance to absorb your presence all along. Once a little grown  up, join a dance or gymnastics class with your daughter and have some fun while you get moving. During summertime you could even take up swimming, children love to dive in a pool of colorful balls or rings. Find every way to stay active by rolling with her on a mat, working your abs with her resting on your ankle and so on.  Plan family hiking or camping trips. A “hike” with a small child can be a short walk in the woods, and you might spend as much time carrying your little one as not.

This imprints children with the idea of healthy outdoor activity in a natural setting from their earliest years. The same goes for camping. You probably will find it convenient to start by car camping when your children are small, but short backpacking trips are feasible when they are quite young. Because the scope and range of such outdoor activities grow as your children do, getting into the habit of such activities from the beginning is an investment in future family fitness.

Workout Tips for mother-daughter duoGrade Schoolers (6-10 years): Riding bikes along with your daughter is a lot of fun. You can explore  together or find local bike paths in your area. Incorporate biking into your life, riding to school and the supermarket together. That’s the easiest way to stay fit while your child is growing fast and you don’t lag behind. You could even plan a hike along city paths or nature trails. Let your daughter decide the trail and at the same time let her figure out what kind of terrain you will come across, the length of the hike and the supplies you will need. Skating is another sport picking up fast among school going kids.

Yoga and meditation is another activity children need to be made friendly with to match up with the work  pressures in present scenario.

Teenagers (ages 11-16):  The best physical exercise you could possibly take up is DANCE! Put on some of your daughter’s latest tunes and ask her to teach you some moves. Let the world go loose on foot tapping music, sweat it out and at the end you stand to gain the benefit of physical and emotional fitness. At weekends try out surfing, horse riding, skipping, trekking etc.  The idea is to burn calorie and eat smart!  This is also the time when your daughter is going through menarche and you being closer to her will help her to take a better care of her diet and stay active.

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