Young woman exercising with her baby boy

Easy Leg Workouts for MilParents: Exercising With Your Child

Attributed to: Katie Lange, DoD News, Defense Media Activity. This article is excerpted from DoD Live.

Exercise is important to your overall health and a big part of being in the military. But anyone who has children knows it’s hard to squeeze in time to exercise when the kids are around. Here’s an idea: why not include your kids in your home workout?

Video by Air Force Staff Sgt. Da’Nette Bruton

Exercising together can help your child develop motor skills while having fun and bonding over a shared activity. To help you get started, here is a series of exercises you can do with your child that focus on building lower body strength.

A quick note before you get started: Online health information doesn’t replace guidance from a healthcare provider, so check with your doctor before you change or start an exercise program. All forms of exercise pose some inherent risks, so parents must be mindful of the safety of their children. Exercise with your child when you are well rested and free of injury and ask your pediatrician if the exercise is appropriate for your child’s age and development.

Exercise 1: Squats add
Exercise 2: Lunges add
Exercise 3: Reverse table-ups add
Exercise 4: Leg extensions add
Exercise 5: Calf raises add

If you do two sets of 15 reps of each of these exercises, you’ll get a good workout and spend some quality time with your child. Get fit and have fun.