Money-Saving Exercise Ideas for Parents and Kids

The days are shorter and colder. Under such circumstances, my typical move is to find the thickest, softest, warmest blanket in my house and slip under it until spring. But this year, I’m trying something else: moving my body. I train, and I do it without wasting a lot of money or spending time in a gym that’s too full for my comfort. And you can too.

Build a new fitness habit

Over the past year, I’ve created an ad hoc home gym. I took home a no-frills spin bike, given away for free by a friend of a friend on Facebook. Facebook was also where I found a lightly used rowing machine for nearly half its retail price. I grabbed a set of adjustable dumbbells from a friend who was traveling across town and bought another pair at Target. My exercise mat was from Amazon and my yoga blocks were a gift from a friend who found them on sale at TJ Maxx. Of course, all of these items would just gather dust if I didn’t make a conscious effort to use them. This came in the form of a monthly Platoon membership.

Yes, although I often train in ripped leggings and oversized free t-shirts, I signed up with a brand known for their high-priced stationary bikes and perfect instructors. But a digital-only subscription to Peloton is just $12.99 per month, which puts it squarely in my price range. I can do a live or on-demand workout whenever I want, perfect for a working mom.

There are a lot of things I love – some of my favorite classes included a Lizzo-themed ride, an intense 10-minute arm workout, and a simple stretching session – but for me, her yoga programming doesn’t. not suit me. Instead, I turn to Yoga with Adriennewhich has 10.4 million subscribers on YouTube.

The channel’s founder, Adriene Mishler, has a calming and confident presence. And while her practice is strong on its own, the many programs and categories ensure her classes are suitable for a variety of participants.

Here’s a collection of free and low-cost resources to help you and your kids stay active this winter. From cross-country ski trails to meditation apps for preschoolers, you’ll find a ton of options to suit your needs and interests.

Ways to Get Active in the Great Outdoors

Yes, it’s cold this time of year, but you can sweat it out in central Ohio’s Metro Parks. Depending on the sites, visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including cross-country skiing, ice skating and sledding. In addition, there are many hikes, as well as all year round geocaching and multi-use paved trailsoffering plenty of opportunities to indulge in some icy fun. My friend Andrea and I often load our preschoolers into backpack-style cargo carriers, pack snacks and water, and spend a weekend afternoon hiking in the one of the Metro Parks. Or, for a more intense workout, check out one of the obstacle course at Glacier Ridge and Scioto Audubon.

More outdoor fun:Take a spin on the best sledding hills around Columbus

Small outdoor fitness parks are another great (and free) resource. You can find these calisthenics spots in Clintonville, Hilliard, marble cliff and many other places. Where to consult Coffman Parkthe outdoor fitness area open all year round. This “adult playground,” as the city of Dublin describes it, includes a set of elliptical machines, weightlifting equipment for upper and lower body workouts, and other features designed to withstand any challenge. seasons. Similarly, the city of Newark’s outdoor fitness park includes weight and cross-country machines and other equipment, some of which is wheelchair accessible, suitable for teens and older adults.

Active apps for kids to get the Wiggles out

Although I may go crazy, there is no cabin fever like that experienced by a small child. Fortunately, there are also fun home fitness programs for them. One such offering is GoNoodle, whose catchy songs and hipster performers have made it a favorite in my household. Kids can watch and follow hundreds of videos on GoNoodle.comto Youtube or through the GoNoodle app. There are several activities to choose from, such as guided dancing, stretching, or breathing, or kids can choose programs featuring familiar faces like the Peanuts gang, SpongeBob Squarepants, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Noodle games is also a winner. Available via iOS, android Where Roblox, the free app asks kids to get off the couch and use their actions to control mini-games. They will have a lot of fun while invigorating their body and mind.

Cosmic children! is another favourite, with millions of children aged 3 to 8 taking her yoga and mindfulness classes every week. These high-energy sessions feature contemporary characters like Disney’s My Little Pony and “Frozen,” as well as classics like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and serve as an introduction to the practice of yoga or mindfulness. Classes are available free on youtubestreaming on Amazon Premier or with paying Cosmic children! application ($10 per month or $65 for a year).

Jennifer Wray is a freelance writer, mother, and fan of all things pop culture.

This story is from the Winter 2021 issue of Columbus Parent.

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