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5 FAMILY-FRIENDLY MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES

Originally posted on the Fit4Mom blog

Written by: Jessica Maurer and Haley Orr

“The best kind of parent you can be is to lead by example.” - Drew Barrymore

From boosting serotonin levels to improving posture, incorporating movement throughout our daily lives can be immensely beneficial to our wellbeing. Our little ones are watching us set a wellness example, and we as parents should show them that movement is fun! Plus, if we are being honest, we need to keep them active to manage their natural kid energy.

You want your kiddos to have healthy habits, right? Well, it’s one thing to tell your kids to move more but it’s even better if you show them what that means. Seeing you exercise sends a powerful message to your little ones - but a more powerful message is actually incorporating them into your fitness program on some days (when they are old enough of course!). By seeing you move more, they will want to join in as well, helping them establish an active lifestyle for themselves.

Haley Orr started her FIT4MOM journey with FIT4MOM Riverside, CA in 2013 as a brand new mother who was searching for mom friends. She immediately fell in love with the FIT4MOM community and kept coming back for the amazing workouts. Haley later became an instructor in 2015 and opened FIT4MOM West Sacramento / Natomas in 2018, along with the support of her two workout buddies.

“After years of coming to FIT4MOM classes, my two girls think of fitness as fun. They love joining for family runs or will even lead me through a FIT4MOM class. I love to see how much they enjoy moving their bodies and continue to inspire me to stay active,” Haley states.

We want to show our kids that moms are athletes! This is why our Strides 360 classes focus on speed, agility, and quickness. Not only are the drills applicable and transferable, but they are also highly metabolic and fun! We can certainly benefit from quicker reaction times and improved body control during any movement. You never know when you will need to sprint after your kids on the playground or dodge a rock on a trail while on a family hike.

This blog shows you 5 fun activities to do with your little ones that will bring back the feeling of recess for you & are inspired by our Strides 360 classes! And we bet you can’t do any of these drills without a smile on your face. Movement should be fun, right?

If your little ones are too young to do this workout with you, that’s ok! We have a great stroller-based workout for you here.

“I love to incorporate playtime into exercise. One of my favorite games as a kid was hopscotch with my neighbors. Using the ladder at Strides 360 brings back those playful memories that you forget you’re working out. I also love playing silly games like Simon Says with exercises like high knees or squat jumps because the whole family can get in on the fun while staying active!” Haley says.

THE WORKOUT

Animal Moves

Start at the back of the line with you on one side and the kiddo on the other. Move like an animal to the end of the line then jog back. Try these animals:

  • Bunny Hop
  • Frog Jumps
  • Flamingo Hop

Stuffie Shuffle

Lay the stuffie down in the middle of the floor with a “starter” on one side and a “shuffler” on the other. Both the starter and the shuffler have to move at the same time. The starter shuffles sideways to the stuffie & then jumps over the stuffie to continue shuffling to the side of the room to become the shuffler. The shuffler shuffles sideways behind the stuffie to become the starter. Make sure to reverse directions after the 1-minute.

Flamingo Freeze

Kids and you running in place with fast feet. Shout “freeze” and balance like a flamingo. The kiddo chooses when to say “GO!” for you to start running again.

Horse Gallop

Line up together on one side of the room or yard. Gallop to the other end. Face each other and drop into a squat. While in the squat, walk back to where you started. Bonus if you can give some high-fives along the way!

Hopscotch Race

Hopscotch down the line. Race back to the starting point. Whoever is first back to the starting line does squats until the faster gets back from doing hopscotch again. That means they can go super slow or super quick, depending on how nice they are feeling.

While we love to include our kiddos in our at-home workouts, we do not include them in the live workouts we offer nationwide. We invite you to experience these movements with other local moms by joining us for our Strides 360 classes nationwide.

Strides 360™ promises a heart-pumping workout designed to increase your endurance while also developing speed, agility, and quickness to help you sprint through mom life. Bodyweight conditioning is strategically placed to provide recovery, strength and round out your workout. It's for any mom interested in a workout that can be as hard as you need it to be on your good days or scaled back on days you’re not sure how you made it out the door! Bring your kiddos with you in the stroller or leave the kiddo at home and come play with your mom friends. Either way, the hour will fly by and leave you energized for the rest of your day!

Haley shared, “From the first time I experienced a Strides 360 class, I was hooked! It’s a heart-pumping, continuously moving, and fast-paced workout that keeps you wanting to come back for more. I was so shocked at how quickly the hour went by and how empowered I felt at the end. And as an instructor, I have even more fun cheering my mamas through their workout, along with the support of kiddos. I love the equipment we get to incorporate into the workout such as hurdles and ladders to keep things fun and exciting. One of my favorite things about Strides 360 is that it gives mamas 1 hour to focus on themselves, but also gives them the option to bring their kiddo for the fun. Mom is able to continue to push herself by seeing how much further she makes during the out and back run or the speed of her footwork in the drills.”

Each Strides 360 instructor is skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically. You’ll leave class feeling connected, successful, and energized!