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Sigi 06-07-2005 04:10 AM

Exercise with kids
I've been wanting to get in shape now that the nice weather is here. My husband jogs to keep fit (May til Sept). Since I want to exercise too, he said we should get a jogging stroller. We have two kids, a 3 y.o. who weighs 38lbs and an 8 m.o. who weighs about 20 lbs. I know that I won't be the one pushing the thing while we are jogging, but that's almost 60 lbs to push while running at the same time. He's no wimp, but is that feasible? Does anyone have experience with one of these, especially a jogging stroller for two?

We've also talked about getting bikes and he mentioned towing the kids in one of those things that attaches to the back of your bike. I feel really weird about that idea although I see many people towing their kids on the bike trails. Our three y.o. has a helmet, but I don't think they make one small enough for a baby. The trails are paved and seem to be safe, but I am afraid that the thing might tip over and the baby could get hurt.

I suggested the idea of jogging seperately, but he doesn't want anything bad to happen to me if I am by myself (being attacked by a person, dog, or moose; getting injured, etc). I understand his concerns. I don't really want to sign up for a membership to a gym. Any comments are welcome.

Dayzie 08-05-2005 12:13 PM

Okay this thread is a couple monthes old, and I don't know if you will even think to check this anymore Sigi, but I wanted to respond.

I've found a fun way to exercise with my kids. I just turn on some fun music, and we dance. I know it sounds simple, but I can get a really good work out this way. I just make sure that I am moving, and jumping around a lot. And if you dance with the baby you could even get in an upperbody work out. My kids also like it if we play duck duck goose, but we have our own version. Instead of chasing each other around the circle, we chase each other around the house. Lots of running. Of course I have to make sure there are no toys, or other things lying on the floor that can be tripped on. It may not be something you want to do on a daily basis to lose weight, but it is definatly something you can do sometimes. And of course it's something the kids will love.

Anyway I don't know if this was the kind of thing you were looking for, but you can do it year round, and hubby dosen't have to worry about you, AND it is a fun bonding time for you, and the kids. This is one of my kids favorite things. Anyway hope this helps (if you see it). Good luck.

Sigi 08-06-2005 02:21 AM

Hi Dayzie! Thanks for responding. Although we do dance on occasion, I hadn't thought about it as exercise! My 3 year old has quite the dance moves :P ! I'll have to crank up the music more often and get a little work out! Thanks!

Dayzie 08-06-2005 10:19 AM


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