Playing with your kids isn’t all “fun and games” – By team member: Lisa Mawas
Being a Mother and a Personal Trainer that specializes in Pre and Post Natal women, I understand the importance of exercise. Not only does it keep me sane and help relieve stress, it is also a huge energy booster. As an avid exerciser, I work out at least 5 times a week, whether it is core conditioning, strength training or cardio. I find that I have a more positive outlook on the day once my workout is complete.
Weekends, on the other hand, are considered family time and I don’t usually work out. Nonetheless, the weekends are exhausting! As a mother to 2 young and rambunctious boys (Zachary is almost 6 and Matthew is 4), going outdoors and playing with them is necessary. They have so much energy so we always have to be doing something active. This weekend was no different. We decided to have a “sports day” and headed across the street to the park. The boys rode their bikes and my husband and I took bags and bags with all their hockey gear, soccer ball and basketball.
It was time to “walk the talk” (see post: Set an example) and be active with my family, just like I encourage my clients to do.
First the boys rode their bikes around the track. Keeping up with a 6 year old who is getting faster and faster on his bike is no longer a walk in the park! He is getting so fast that I found myself sprinting to keep up with him. Eventually he would be too far ahead I would myself sprinting as if reaching a finish line!
After running around the track 10 or so times, we played some soccer, basketball and hockey. Running after the ball and constantly bending to pick it up does a good workout on your glutes! It’s not your typical exercises since you are doing movements that your body is not used too. I also noticed that as my boys are getting older, they are getting stronger, faster and more competitive and keeping up with all their energy isn’t so easy!
Thank God for regular exercise!! I mean if I wasn’t as active as I am, that would have killed me. But then, who am I kidding? I don’t “train” in the park. By the end of the day, I was pooped and ready for bed by 9 pm.! It was a fun weekend but I was ready for the week to start!
Lisa Mawas is a wife and mother of two young boys and a certified pre & postnatal personal trainer. After gaining 50 lbs during both of her pregnancies, she made fitness part of her life. To see more about Lisa, you can read her profile here: http://coreexpectations.com/about-us/personal-trainers/lisa-mawas/