Over the last weekend, I had an experience that made me realize how tiring and challenging it could be for parents to take care of their little ones. We attended the MK official Christmas lights switch-on, and I had to carry my child for about one to two hours. It may not sound like much, but when everyone around you has their kids on their shoulders, it can be tough for your child to see anything if they’re not carried. So, I had to carry him around for the entire time. Aha, all the parents now feel my pain!!!
The day after I could tell I had done a proper work out because I felt as tired and sore as if I had done a serious weights session. The little man is three this week and pretty much at the top percentile for height for his age and he is getting pretty strong. All this means he is getting heavier. So during the week I introduced him to the scales and guess how much this little bundle of energy weighs
dun dun dah
3 stone!!! yep I was carrying 3 stone of weight, which is 20 kilos in new money. It may not seem like a lot, but carrying my little one was not the only thing I was doing. I also had to carry a backpack filled with drinks, snacks, spare clothes, nappies, and other parent essentials – which is basically half of my house! We walked around the shopping centre and did other things too, so we may have walked 1-2 miles in total. Even though it was just a small trip, I realized how much extra baggage comes along with taking toddlers out and how much work it really is.
Tons of fun
We had a ton of fun and it was all worth it which is for me the point of a parent workout. The stats I share will hopefully help you understand just how much of a workout you can get just having fun with your family. It is never to make you feel bad but instead it is to free you up to just get on with your life.
The main value of a parent workout over a gym workout is that the best workout is specific to what you need to work on. I would put to you that nothing will make you strong and healthy enough to enjoy a day with your family, like having a day with your family. The movements you get with a gym are like processed food. They satisfy you but lack all that is needed to really make you strong and fit enough to enjoy your days..
Parenting is tough but you can turn that challenge into fun and a workout out the same time. If you want to find out how to get fit by doing the things you love like I do then checkout parent workouts