Local Workout Classes, Ideas for Being Active with Kids, and Keeping Fit in 2021

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.

Classes, Activities with Kids, and Keeping Fit in 2021

Being Active with Kids

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.
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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.

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.

FIT4MOM can be found in DuPage County and beyond. Click here to find a location near you.

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.

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Universal Spirit Yoga
408 W 5th Street
Naperville, IL
(630) 416-7526
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.

Is there a fitness class you have loved? Drop us a line on Facebook or let us know in the comments below! Then, check out more things to do with your kids all year long.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

1 Comment on "Local Workout Classes, Ideas for Being Active with Kids, and Keeping Fit in 2021"

  1. Also for Elmhurst is Fitt-RX with a variety of group classes. They have onsite childcare run by other moms!!

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