Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Getting Fit with Kids-Workout 1

I'm so excited to introduce a new series of posts here on Stir Crazy Moms.  We know how hard it can be to stay in shape or get in shape when you have kids.  So, over the next couple of months, Justin from Chapel Hill Training is starting a series with us on quick, family-friendly ways to exercise as parents both with your kiddos and when you have a break.  Check out his first post on a great active game I can't wait to play with my kids!  

We all know summer can be a crazy time for families. With vacations, kids out of school, camps, and more, it can be hard to establish or continue a fitness routine. However, a shortness of time does not mean zero time to squeeze a little exercise in to you and your children’s day. With benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease, decreased body fat, and increase in lean muscle tone, there is no reason not to exercise. Here is where we come in. 

My name is Justin Hardy, and I am the manager at Chapel Hill Training. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in exercise science and have multiple training certifications. Our mission at CHT is to help the community become healthy, and educated about exercise. It is our privilege to work with StirCrazy Mom’s Guide to help you with your goals in a short, fun, and effective way. 

Each week we will post a fun and effective home workout for you and your child. The first series will include workouts for you and your child, while a second series will start up with workouts for adults. We will also answer any questions you may have about the workout, or health and fitness in general. Please feel free to share the workouts with any of your friends and family and to check us out on Facebook and the web. Also, don’t be a stranger; this is purely for fun and exercise. Let us know what you like, and what you want out of this experience, as we are all part of the same community.

In health,
Justin Hardy

Chapel Hill Training

400 West Rosemary St. Suite 1003

Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Workout 1, Series 1 Have fun exercising with your kids!

Deck of cards

Take turns with your kid picking a card. Each suit is a different exercise. Each number is an amount (all face cards are 10 reps). See if you can make it through the whole deck, but go at a pace that you can handle.


From a standing position bend over and walk the hands forward. Continue to move the hands forward until you are in the top of a pushup position. Then, walk the hands backwards until you are standing again.

With alternating legs, step forward, making sure to keep the torso upright. With the forward foot, bend the hip until you are at a 90 degree or right angle. Push off the floor and return to the standing position. Both feet should remain straight ahead throughout.

Simultaneously move the arms and legs laterally until the hands touch overhead and the feet are split. Return medially to a standing position.

Lay on the floor, placing your hands in line with your chest. From there inch your hands out until your elbows are at a 45 degree angle to your body. Flex the core and chest muscles, pushing off the floor.

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