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How To Exercise And Home School
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How to Exercise And Home School

If you are a busy home school family, you may wonder how to exercise and home school. The average person has a hard time making exercising part of their routine. Homeschooling families sometimes are so busy trying to make sure that they hit all their academic and social goals that exercising may be neglected.

My family is no exception. We have to plan time for exercising. It doesn't happen on its own.

This week, we've driven over a hundred miles per day trying to meet all of our obligations. It seems that the end of the school year can be chock full of opportunities, making it even harder than the rest of the year. Still, we were able to make exercising a priority.

Strategy 1

While one child is at an activity, take the other kids to a near by park. I used this strategy today while my 6th grade son was at a home school band practice. My other kids got an extra hour of exercising in compared to sitting in the car or grocery shopping- which is what we often do if the weather makes the playground dangerous.

A similar strategy is to take the kids to a playground between errands. If there isn't enough time to make going back home worth while between errands, a park will be a great place to visit. If I choose to do this, I sometimes surprise my kids by driving there without advanced notice. I will often give them clues as to what the surprise is and have them guess. This adds to the adventure.

Parks are a great idea because the children are exercising while climbing ladders, swinging, etc. I also get out there and join them. It's as good of a work out as found at any gym, only it's free and a lot more fun! The added benefit is that I am having quality time with my kids and making memories.

Strategy 2

While you're making one of the daily meals, have your child(ren) practice doing some exercises that you have previously taught them. For instance, my kitchen is designed to let me see into the living room while I cook. My kids could practice doing sit ups, push ups, leg lifts and other training exercises.

Strategy 3

In my state, any home school or charter school student can join a regular brick-and-mortar school's after school club. If a local school has an exercise group, have them join. You may pay slightly higher fees compared to the kids that attend the school, but it still should be cheaper than parks and recreation sports.

My kids attend a running club that prepares them for cross country in the fall as well as track and field in the spring. They love it because there are meets where kids from other schools run, too. Each child is encouraged to do their best. The scores are posted online so that they can keep track of their progress. Essentially, they can compete against themselves by seeing if their times improve from one meet to the next.

Strategy 4

Call your local YMCA. They often have home school and after school programs where children are taught how to eat healthy and the same exercises found in a regular public school. At one of the many local YMCA campuses near my family, they have a program called Y-Active, formerly Kid Fit, that does just that. It is free due to a grant that the YMCA receives. My kids really enjoy that program, as well as the fruit that is offered as a snack to show the children what healthy eating is all about.

Strategy 5

Get a group of home school families together to meet at a park or other recreational area. As a group, decide what kind of exercises you'd like your kids to learn and practice. Set up a schedule as well as an alternate day in the event of in-climate weather.

Strategy 6

The other strategies were mostly geared toward children getting exercise. One way that I get some exercise and alone time is to get up between half and hour to an hour and a half earlier than the kids do. Then, I take a walk. I usually do this once it is light outside by 6 AM, which means I limit this strategy to spring, summer and fall. One summer, I did this I found that I lost about 30 pounds. My main goal wasn't to lose weight, but to feel great. I also was able to deal with the stresses that came each day.

Conclusion

Even if your homeschooling schedule is hectic, there are some strategies for making exercising a priority. It is important to allow for some flexibility to your home school schedule because you might find yourself visiting a park between errands rather than going home for a brief time or sitting in the car waiting for the next activity to start. Remember to make it fun!


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C4rmen  

Some really good strategies here Rebecca, I particularly like number 4. Main thing is to keep doing something :)

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  about 8 years ago

Great article!! Finding time to exercise when everyone works at home is a big challenge. It definitely takes a back seat to other pressing things, but it shouldn't. The YMCA is a great place for home schooled families.

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  about 8 years ago

Yes, YMCA is a great place. There is a local rec center that is part of a home owners association. They got the YMCA to run it. Even though I don't live in that subdivision, I can use the facilities at a higher price than the residents there. I thought that might be helpful info for people who don't live near a YMCA because there could be centers near them that are maintained by the Y, but have a different name. I wish it were easier to for us all to have exercise as a top priority. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  about 8 years ago

Rebecca, Those are great suggestions for me as an adult! I'm going to start paying attention to parks so I can add them as "in between" spots. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 8 years ago

It's amazing what you can do with that in between time. I have a lot of fun with my kids then, too. It also takes the frustration of figuring out what to do at home when there's only a brief time in between commitments as well as trying to get back into the car and make it to the next place on time- as a mom with 6 kids anyway.

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  about 8 years ago

True! My dad's dad had 8 brothers...

  
  about 8 years ago

That's a lot of kids- makes my 6 look like just a few!

  
  about 8 years ago

Yep. Thought that'd help:-)

  
  about 8 years ago

It did, thanks

  
  about 8 years ago

Enjoy this Rebecca, you are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you! I am blessed and I enjoy helping others come up with ideas when I have an idea that works.

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  about 8 years ago

Rebecca I don't know how you manage to fit it all in. Can't help but admire you!

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks for the compliments :) I have to say that sometimes I am better at using my own suggestions than other times. Right now, it is all syncing well. I hope it stays that way for a long time!

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  about 8 years ago

Hey Rebecca, you Moms make it hard for us guys to look good. On the other hand we are really glad to have you at our side

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  about 8 years ago

I had to laugh- we don't try to make it hard for you guys to look good, but we're glad to have you at our side, too. I am glad that my husband brings home a pay check. I couldn't do that, too. I can only do so much! Thank you!

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  about 8 years ago

Great ideas Rebecca....my biggest problem is getting off my backside...ha

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  about 8 years ago

That's one of my big challenges, too. However, I've noticed that once I get out there and start doing it, it almost becomes an addiction because I feel better overall. That is much more important to me than losing weight any day- though I could stand to lose some after having a baby 8 months ago.

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  about 8 years ago

Fun is key. If it is fun the kids will want to do it to. Great article.

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  about 8 years ago

I agree. I don't like to exercise if it's not fun either. Thank you!

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you Rebecca. My four year old loves to do yoga. She can do it everywhere and it seems to calm her down when she is restless.

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  about 8 years ago

Yoga is a great idea. I haven't tried it yet. Thanks for bringing it up!

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  about 8 years ago

Great article Rebecca, I actually stand in awe at you mothers that undertake what you do. To educate, exercise and still run a household is to me amazing. I applaud your undertaking and reading your other articles a very dedicated Mom you are. You must get into bed at night and say "Whee another day successfully completed"

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you for the compliments. There are many days I'm surprised that we fit in so much in a day as we do. Lately, I've been so tired I haven't really thought much about the day- I fall right to sleep!

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  about 8 years ago

I bet you do.

  
  about 8 years ago
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