Was it really only a year ago I could drop my kids off at the gym’s childcare to work out (or get a shower in)? Oh man, I miss that so much. But all is not lost! Things are different, but, as with the rest of life, we’re adapting. And businesses are adapting, too, with outdoor fitness classes, virtual options, and more. Read on for ideas to inspire you and your family to get active.
This article is sponsored by FIT4MOM and MOM-Minutes.
Classes, Activities with Kids, and Keeping Fit in 2021
Being Active with Kids in the Winter
This year more than ever, it’s crucial to get out and about! These tips for dressing for winter play in Chicagoland will help you all bundle up safely for these activities to get everyone moving:
- Ice skating: Ice skating uses muscles you may have forgotten you had! If you’re planning to visit an outdoor rink, be sure to call ahead or look on the website for more information on weather related closings.
- Snow tubing and tobogganing: In addition to being a total blast, hitting the hill is also a great workout!
- Sledding: Hiking up and down that sled hill is tough, so don’t skimp on the hot cocoa afterwards.
Skiing and snowboarding: An amazing full-body workout, and there are plenty of options within 1.5–3 hours from Chicago.
- Go hiking in a forest preserve with your kids: Getting out in nature is so, so good for our kids and for us.
Get Exercise with Kids During the Warmer Months
There are so many activities that you can do with your kids that also get you moving!
- Go to the zoo: Brookfield Zoo is huge and that’s the great thing. Walking around to see all the animals your kids are interested in will translate into miles for you. Click here for insider tips for visiting Brookfield Zoo.
- Take a walk while enjoying the beach.
- Hike to a waterfall. There are many in and around the western suburbs to check out!
- Hopping on the train to go to a different town lends itself well to getting some exercise while having a great time.
- Engage your core while horseback riding.
- Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are great ways to get exercise! We have a guide with places to go and rental information to make your outing easy and fun.
- Take a run or walk in the forest preserve. Click here for a great list of kid-friendly trails.
- Parks also have nice walking paths and your kids can even stop at the playground to play for a while in between.
On our team, at-home methods of keeping fit include online Pilates videos (through The Balanced Life with Robin Long, highly recommend!), Peloton, short workouts through the Athlete app, and following along with our kids during Cosmic Kids Yoga videos. There is also a new program called MOM-Minutes that leads you through mini-workouts throughout the day! Read more below.
Done is better than perfect, and some are better than none. This ABSOLUTELY applies to training. We practice and preach that people (including busy Moms) do NOT necessarily need to finish a workout in one sitting. What if I told you, you can still move better, get stronger, and feel better, even if you broke a workout up into several separate parts? Well, the good news is you can, and that is why MOM-Minutes exists.
MOM-Minutes provides a flexible approach to your workout regime so you can sprinkle mini exercise sessions throughout your day that fits around your kids’ schedule and other family commitment.
Sign up today to start taking the steps to a better you.
Local Prenatal, Postnatal, and Parent/Child Fitness Classes
Even if you aren’t able to visit in person, you can still support these local businesses! Many offer Zoom and online options.
Calling all moms with stroller age kiddos – Join Stroller Strides! Stroller Strides® is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun! Stroller Strides instructors are skilled to meet you where you are mentally and physically. You’ll leave class feeling connected, successful and energized! No more mama guilt! This class is all about self-care in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Ahimsa Yoga Studio
Locations in Oak Park, Berwyn, Elmhurst, and La Grange.
Prenatal, postnatal, and parent/child classes, with some in-person and plenty of Zoom classes available.
Pilates by Carrie
Local Pilates teacher specializing in prenatal, postnatal, and women’s health. Online classes offered via Zoom.
Universal Spirit Yoga
408 W 5th Street
Baby and Me classes from 3 to 12 months and family yoga with children ages 1-6 years old. Prenatal and postnatal classes, too. Currently offering virtual classes.
Yoga Among Friends
4949 Forest Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Classes in the studio and via Zoom.