Finding time to exercise and finding time for your kids on top of a busy work schedule can both be very difficult. One way to ensure that neither of these important things gets neglected is to involve your kids in your exercise program. Many gyms offer memberships for kids at a discounted rate. Depending on the ages of your children, working out together may be a great way to improve overall family health and spend time together.
If your kids are too young to be going to the gym, try finding a different type of exercise that you can do together. Small children can be put in jogging strollers and taken along on your walks and runs, and if you are into biking, kids can either ride their bikes along with you or be pulled in a cart behind you. Either way, you will be teaching your kids about the importance of getting fresh air and exercise while spending time with them and still getting your workout done.
Before doing any kind of exercise with your kids, you should speak to your pediatrician to make sure the activities you are planning are age-appropriate and safe for your particular child. Also, talk to your kids and observe them to make sure you are not pushing them too far beyond their fitness comfort levels. Find out what they like to do, and work that into your exercise time.
Sometimes, kids will be exercise-averse, at least if you refer to your activities as working out or something similar. If that is the case, just frame it as playing together. A game of hide-and-seek or tag can be just as good a workout as a half hour on the treadmill, so focus on getting active and getting your kids active. Most importantly, have fun. Kids who learn to enjoy exercise early will stick with it as they get older, and they will be much healthier as a result.