By: Madeline Glasser
As moms, a good chunk of our time is spent shuttling our kids to and from various team practices as well as helping them work on their skills at home. There’s also a lot of time spent in the bleachers or in the car, so fitting in a workout of your own can be challenging. That time is actually a great opportunity to multitask and sneak in some fitness fun of your own while your child practices his or her sport!
Here are five ways you can turn your kids’ sport practice into a workout.
1. Walk the Track
Many sport practices take place where there is a convenient circumference you can walk. It doesn’t have to be a track, either. You can walk laps around a basketball court, baseball diamond or soccer field. Not only can you keep your eyes on your child and cheer her on, you can also sneak in some of those 10,000 recommended daily steps at the same time.
2. Step it Up
This goes hand-in-hand with walking the track, but if there are empty bleachers nearby, you can jog them. Jogging up and down the bleachers is a great way to raise your heart rate and burn calories. You can even mix things up a bit by jogging sideways up and down, which will activate different muscles.
3. Goal-oriented Reps
Each time one of the teams playing scores, pick an exercise and do 10 reps. Easy exercises you can include squats, lunges, push-ups, tricep dips and planks. During the course of a single game or practice, you can get an entire full-body workout in!
4. Practice With Your Child
No matter what sport your child plays, you can help him practice and get active at the same time. Volley balls in tennis, play the outfield at batting practice or swim laps alongside your kid.
Not only will you help them enhance their skills, you will also set a good example about maintaining fitness throughout life.
5. Volunteer to Coach
If you have the time, volunteering to be a coach for you child’s team can help you stay active during the practice, too.
Simply being on your feet instead of sitting in the bleachers helps you burn more calories. Being a coach also means you’ll have hands-on experience with the kids, so you’ll be moving a lot more. Join the team in their sprints and drills to help motivate them, and you’ll be torching calories too.
Just because it’s your child’s practice doesn’t mean you can’t fit your own workout in at the same time. By using the above tips, you can feel the burn while spending quality sports time with your kids!
Madeline is the author of the Food, Fitness, and Family blog where she writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts and life as a family of three — soon to be four! She is an Army wife dedicated to finding balance between kale and cake pops while raising her growing family.