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We have been in St. Petersburg since April (see Fun in the Sunshine State). And during all but three weeks since arriving, at least one day has been spent in my most happy place: the beach.
It’s where I announced my second pregnancy.
Where I snapped pictures of my 3-year-old to celebrate another turn around the sun.
It’s where I took my one-week old so she could fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves.
The beach is without a doubt the place where I feel most at peace.
It’s not only perfect for relaxing, it’s a great place to work out. In fact, I’ve even put together a full workout for you to try.
But why stop with just one? I got inspired to create a few special partner activities after seeing how much my 3-year-old loves to play with me. She doesn’t realize it’s a workout, and doing it with her makes me forget, too.
(She’s already humbling me. She runs faster than the speed of light — I may need to stop giving her a head start soon — and her endurance is a million times better than me. Plus, she now calls herself my trainer when I’m doing push-ups or burpees and yells at me to keep going.)
Try a few of these ideas the next time you and your favorite mini-trainer are outside, whether it’s at the beach, at a park or just in your own driveway!
How to Work Out With Your Kids
I can’t tell you how much fun Audrey and I have with these. It’s sort of a mix of standard sprints and red light, green light. To start, let your kid go first. When you’re ready, yell: “GO!” Let the kid go as far as you think is appropriate — for my 3-year-old, it’s about a 10 second count — and then yell: “STOP!” Have him or her run back and high-five you.
From there, you take off as fast as you can go and wait until your kid hollers at you to stop and then as quickly as you can, turn and race back to tag off.
Weighted Lunges and Squats
I love/hate lunges and squats. Love them because they’re so effective. Hate them because they hurt. But I have to tell you…they are really fun to do with a cute kid as your weight.
Make sure that he or she is settled firmly and safely — I prefer hugging Audrey and keeping her on my front but we also do this with her on my back or even up on my shoulders — and then, with good form, sink down into a set of squats. If your kid is wiggling around or giggling? Even better: it will make you more unstable so you’ll have to really tighten that core to keep your form.
Lunges work, too.
One of the sad things about your kids growing up is that all the adorable malapropisms they’ve always used start to disappear and they actually start pronouncing things correctly. Thankfully, Audrey still mixes up the title of this game and it makes me smile every time.
Try a twist of Mother May I? or as Audrey calls it, Mother I? Let your kid be in charge of the answers and try asking:
- Mother May I do 10 burpees?
- Mother May I do 15 jumping jacks?
- Mother May I try a handstand?
My trainer-in-training already knows how to make it tough. Last week, I asked her if I could do 10 push-ups and she told me to do 100.
Of course, please be sun safe.
Skin cancer is a huge problem, and it’s affected my family in ways that will forever shape my approach to skin care. I don’t let Audrey step onto the beach without a coating of sunscreen, and since Remy isn’t yet old enough, the poor kid gets to wear a floppy hat inside a baby sling that covers her arms and legs, too.
We have exclusively used Blue Lizard for the last six months and it really is an amazing product.
(If you really squeeze your eyes, you’ll see the words “Blue Lizard” in the sand!)
I even saw it at my dermatologist’s office a few weeks ago — if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me! In fact, it’s recommended by doctors, dermatologists and pharmacists.
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