Parents, You Must Find Time for Fitness

How To Work Out With A Baby?

The first thing you need to do is decide if you want to work out at home or not. If you are going to work out at home then you will need a place where you can do it. You could rent a room from someone else or live in your own house, but there are many benefits of working out at home too.

You can get started right away since you don’t need to worry about finding time to exercise. You will just have to make sure that you have enough money for gas and food while exercising. There are many things that you can do at home such as cooking meals, cleaning up after yourself, etc…

If you are going to work out at home then you won’t need any other equipment like weights or machines. You can even use the same equipment that you would use at the gym.

You might be able to save some money by working out at home instead of buying expensive fitness gear.

Another advantage of working out at home is that you can still keep an eye on your child during workouts. You will never have to leave him/her alone while doing exercises because they may fall down or hurt themselves due to over exertion.

The only major downside to working out at home is that you will not have as much space when compared to a commercial gym. Having less space to work out in can make the experience less enjoyable and could potentially lead to injury. Make sure that you have plenty of room to do squats and lunges without having to worry about hitting or kicking something.

If you decide to go the route of working out at a gym then you will have a lot more options available to you. You will not have to worry about losing workout space, but you will have to deal with driving or taking public transportation to get to the gym.

One thing that many people overlook when they join a gym is the cost. They pay a monthly fee without considering if the benefits even outweigh the costs. If you decide to join a gym then be sure to take note of the benefits and compare them to the monthly costs.

If you still aren’t sure about where you should work out then perhaps you should try both methods. This is an excellent idea if you can afford it because you will get to experience both options.

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Fitness Equipment For Your Home

Exercise machines are not cheap. A new treadmill can cost well over $1000 and that is just for a cheap one. If you want the best then you can end up spending over $3000 on one. There are obviously some exercise machines that you will need more than others. We have compiled a list of what we believe to be the top 5 that you will probably want to have.

Treadmill

A treadmill is an excellent piece of equipment to have if you are into running or walking. They come in both manual and motorized versions. The motorized ones obviously require either batteries or being plugged in, but they also make the belt move so you don’t have to do that yourself.

The cheapest treadmills that you can buy cost around $200. If you are trying to save money then this may be the way to go. Just keep in mind that cheaper products tend to break down more often and are usually of a poorer quality.

The next step up would be a treadmill that costs around $400. You can find these in sporting goods stores and sometimes department stores. The motors in these are a little stronger and they tend to weigh less. They still tend to break down after a lot of use, but you get a bit more quality with these for the price.

Spending over $600 on a treadmill will get you the best quality machines. You can find these in sports specialty stores and sometimes in department stores. The best brands are usually only found in specialty running stores, but some of them can be fairly expensive.

In addition to a treadmill you might want to have some other equipment to exercise with. An exercise bike can be a great addition to any home. You can easily find them for $100 or less, but the better ones will cost you more.

We should also mention that you can buy weights to put in a backpack. You can spend as little as $10 on a set of 2 or you can pay over $100 for a set of 3. If you want to spend less then used weights are an option, but make sure you know the weight of what you are buying and that it feels right to you because you don’t want to end up hurting yourself.

Home gyms are another option if you have the space. These are usually a system of weights that you can fold up and store away when not in use. The best ones have a combination of weights and cardio equipment all in one package.

Another thing you can have is an elastic exercise band. These come in a range of sizes and strengths so they can be used by anybody no matter what their strength is. They also cost almost nothing, but they do offer good exercise for your muscles.

Finally a jump rope is an excellent choice for home exercise. They take up very little space and you don’t even need to buy them because you probably already had one when you were a kid. Just make sure it is the proper size for your height.

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All of these items can be great for your home exercise needs. Try to choose a few that you think would work best for you, remember you don’t need to get everything all at once. There is no shame in starting small and growing your gym slowly over time.

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Chapter 6: Year Three

By now you have most likely settled into your own personal routine for working out. You have most likely changed that routine multiple times already as your body has become accustomed to the exercises. If you were smart, you started small and have been growing your routine gradually.

As you may have noticed your strength has been increasing steadily. This is due to the effect of gaining muscle memory from repeatedly performing the same exercises. Your body has learned exactly how much strength it needs to exert in order to perform an exercise properly.

Now that you have reached this plateau you might be wondering what you can do to continue seeing results. This leads us to another key factor in weight training, and that is changing your workouts.

In general terms your body will grow to adapt to a routine if it is performed frequently and consistently. The body “knows” what to expect and will adapt to these expectations. However, if you continually switch up your routine you will prevent your body from adapting to a single routine and this will allow for continual growth in strength and muscle mass.

There are many ways you can change your routine to keep your muscles from getting used to a single routine. The first is to switch up the order that you perform your exercises. Even if you perform the same exercises, but in a different order you can still gain some benefit.

The second method is to switch what exercises you are performing. For example if you are doing bench presses you could switch to doing dumbbell presses or even a barbell chest press. The exercises might be the same, but the muscles are worked out in a different way and this can cause a different growth in the muscles.

The third method is to increase the weight that you are lifting if you are capable. Your muscles will already be used to the training, but by adding more weight your body will have no choice but to respond by growing stronger to be able to handle the heavier weights.

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You should never add too much weight though or you risk getting injured which would significantly set back your muscle building goals. In fact most people will grow just by adding more weight than they normally use anyway. So start out slowly and try to really push yourself every time you work out.

Lastly you can change the way in which you perform an exercise. This is a more minor change, but can be a useful tool if used right. For example if you are performing pull-ups you can change from wide grips to narrow grips. This will target different muscles in your back and you can alternate between the two depending on what you feel that day.

The same thing can be done for most other exercises, just determine which muscles are being targeted and then vary your grip, the wider the grip the more it will target your chest and front shoulders and the narrower the grip the more it will target your back and rear shoulders.

This concludes this segment of the guide. Remember that gaining muscle does require a bit of time and patience so try not to get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Keep up the effort and in time you will reach your goals.

Sources & references used in this article:

Youth fitness-problems and solutions by NA DiNubile – Preventive medicine, 1993 – Elsevier

Community fitness programs: what is available for children and youth with motor disabilities and what do parents want? by L Wiart, J Darrah, M Kelly, D Legg – Physical & occupational …, 2015 – Taylor & Francis

Fitness education for children: A team approach by SJ Virgilio – 2011 – books.google.com

Fitness for Life: Elementary school guide for wellness coordinators by CB Corbin, G Le Masurier, DD Lambdin, M Greiner – 2010 – books.google.com