In the Zone: Family Exercise Time!

The kids are finally settled back at school. Summer is becoming a distant memory. And we’re all busier than ever. For those of us who claim we’ve got no time to work out, La is here to call your bluff with some suggestions on how to get your blood pumping—no sitter needed. —M.S.

As Michael can tell you, I’m all about tough love, especially where exercise is concerned. If you have time to sit on the couch or binge-watch a show, then you have time to fit in a workout … even with the kids around. Here are a couple of ideas to help you get moving.

Dance party! Put on your favorite tunes and just let go! You can create your own pop-music playlist on Spotify (or find a fun pre-set mix like “Kids Workout” and “Dance Party”) or check out my kids’ workout video for some booty-shaking inspiration.

Time to namaste. Yoga with your kids is a great way to connect and bring calm to the end of a busy day.  It’s always important to teach your kids about fitness by doing it with them and leading by example. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde discusses all the wonderful benefits of teaching children yoga. Here are five poses with mantras to match:

  • Belly Breathing: “I can rest. I am calm.”
  • Standing Poses: “I can touch the sky. I am so tall!”
  • Stretching Poses: “I can stand up for me. I can stand up for others. I can stand up for peace.”
  • Poses to Connect to the Earth: “I can turn things upside down. I am playful.”
  • Child’s Pose: “I can say I’ve had enough for today. I relax.”
  • And don’t forget to say “Namaste” at the end (kids just love to say it when they’re done)

Walk it off. A post-dinner family walk is just the thing to help everyone’s digestion and get all of the end-of-the-day sillies out so kids (and grownups) can get a good night’s sleep. But it doesn’t just have to be a boring stroll around the block—make a game of it. Play “I Spy” or the Alphabet Game, searching for clues on signs. Add some variety by taking the long cut over low walls and up (or down) stairs, too.