There are a number of factors in your life you can alter in order to boost your metabolism. It is widely agreed that one of the most important factors is exercise. However, for many it is increasingly difficult to find the time each day to exercise. In this article I discuss how you can overcome this obstacle and spend time with your kids at the same time.
Playing with your kids can be a great form of cardiovascular exercise and sometimes weight training too. By involving the kids they will see the time as fun, quality, family time and it will also allow you to teach them that exercise is fun from an early age. Plus, you will get to do some exercise yourself and hopefully boost your metabolic rate. One thing to consider is that since you are involving kids it is especially important that you mix up the routine or they will get bored. Below are some ideas which will allow you to play with the kids and boost your metabolism also:
1) BASKETBALL:- If you put a hoop out in your back yard then you play one-on-one or two-on-two depending on the numbers involved. Alternatively, you can take the kids to a park which has a basketball court and play there. Basketball can be a really fun exercise for both you and your kids. You will soon find yourself building up a sweat and burning those calories.
2) SWIMMING:- Swimming is a great form of cardiovascular exercise which also helps tone your muscles. Plus, it is a great way to bond with your kids because you are teaching them a valuable skill as they grow up.
3) WALKING & JOGGING:- A regular, simple leisurely walk can help boost your metabolism and also provide you with some quality time with your kids. As you and your kids progress you can work up to a brisk walk or a light jog increasing the number of calories burned.
4) PLAY FIGHTING:- Play fighting (also referred to as rough housing) is a great way to get the blood flowing. You can play fight with your kids in the house or in your back yard. By running around and chasing each other you are getting a cardiovascular workout. If you lift your kids whilst play fighting you can also get some weight training benefits in there too.
This article should provide you with a few ideas for exercises you can do with your kids. One important consideration is to keep their ages in mind and base the intensity of the exercise on this. If you get your heart pumping for 30 minutes or more then the exercise will be beneficial for you, your kids and your metabolism.