My 18 month old, loves to sit on our bed and play on my iPad. He also loves to have me nearby when he wants to play with the iPad which I am more than happy to oblige. I mean, who wouldn’t want to sit back on a pile of pillows with my feet up and a laptop on my lap while my littlest man leans against me and he also has his electronic device on his lap. A cute picture, right? Except, we can both sit there for an hour and then I feel lazy and guilty for sitting for so long instead of being up doing something – anything!
Writing and thinking about exercising made me feel like I should get up and get it done! So I reluctantly closed the electronics, put on the music and Ty and I danced and laughed for ten minutes. It felt great! I danced and jumped and while I was stretching with yoga’s downward dog pose, Ty climbed underneath the ‘mommy tunnel’ with a big smile on his face.
|My boys dancing – exercise can be fun!|
After dancing, I drank a tall glass of water and reheated last night’s Braised Chicken with onions and apples for our lunch. So do yourself a favor after reading this, take ten minutes and get moving. Need some ideas?
- Dance with your children. You don’t need to know how to dance, just move. Jog in place and wave your arms. Your kids will love it!
- Squats! Tighten your tummy as you go up and down. Great for your middle, thighs, legs.
- Jumping Jacks – get your heart pumping with this one!
- Walk – It’s easy and it’s good for you! According to the American Heart Association, “Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.”