Get Outside Baby: How to Exercise with Babies and Toddlers

Now that it is warming up outside, it is time to ditch the gym and workout in the great outdoors. The good news is that you won’t even need the gym daycare for these activities—you can bring your baby or toddler along and still get exercise. Here are a few of my favorite ways to sneak in a family-friendly workout.

Hiking. My son was only a couple weeks old when we got out for our first hike. I was able to get out of the house, get some vitamin D, and I didn’t have to leave my little one behind. We used and loved the Ergo Sport carrier, which we were able to switch from front to rear carry as he got older. Another option is to get a hiking backpack which can accommodate heavier toddlers. It depends on the child how long they will let you carry them, my 2.5 year old now insists on walking on his own.

Hiking with a Baby

Biking. You knew this one was coming! Biking is great exercise for Mom and Dad and allows little ones to see the world. Once baby is old enough, a trailer, bike seat, or cargo-bike can allow you to give them a ride while getting in a workout. When I really want a challenge, I load up the trailer with my toddler, his balance bike, some snacks and go ride up a few hills. That’s great training for any cyclist!

Weehoo Trailer-Cycle

High Intensity Training. The benefit of high intensity training is that you only need a short bit of time(20-30 minutes) to get in great results. Grab some workout ideas here. Once you have a routine, take it (and the baby) outside. If you have a grassy backyard, you can do your workout while baby plays with some toys or a sandbox. A toddler is even easier to keep entertained—mine loves to join along, mimicking all my silly exercise moves.

What are your favorite ways to workout with young children?

Kristen

Kristen is a project manager and writer. She spends all her free time mountain biking with her family on the trails in Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.

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