Fitness guru and personal trainer at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Isabelle Lamant, shares her top tips for fun workouts you can do with the kids in order to get fit.
Your children want to have fun with you and you need to stay in shape, so here is a simple and efficient routine which will keep everyone satisfied.
The key is to make it fun so I advise you set this routine to music – try picking one of your child’s favourite songs and encourage them to sing along during the movements.
Exercise 1 – Stretch your side to avoid love handles
Pull in your navel, keep your bottom and your tummy firmly contracted. Bend to one side and stretch your arm above your head. 10 on the right – 10 on the left – 20 fast alternately on each side.
Exercise 2 – Sculpt your arms and legs while counting in another language
The left knee should be above the left heel and the right knee should be under your right shoulder. Stretch your arms to the sides and squeeze your shoulder blades to create a good posture for your spine. Stay in this position until your kids finish counting to 20, in another language if possible! Then repeat with the other leg.
Exercise 3 – Draw and improve the flexibility of your hips
Draw 10 circles with your hips around your feet, first in one direction then in the other. Increasing the speed, draw one circle on one side then one circle on the other for 30 seconds.
Exercise 4 – Say ‘no’ to the saddlebag
Bend your knees in front of your navel. Keep the left knee on the floor and lift the right one as high as you can. Encourage your child to push on your leg to create more resistance, they’ll love making you suffer! Then get your revenge by pushing their legs as they do it and work out your arms. 50 fast per side.
Exercise 5 – The dog against the invisible tree
Place your hands below your shoulders, stretch your arms and keep the right knee under your right hip. Quickly move the left knee up and down without moving your body. 20 per side and repeat again if you can.
Exercise 6 – Your children will help you build a six-pack
Hands under your head, open your shoulders, look at and pull in your tummy and stretch your legs up. Just keep your lower back on the floor and ask your child to do what they want on your tummy: tickling, uppercuts…everything is allowed as you attempt to hold the position. 30 seconds, 4 series.
Enjoy and have fun.
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