One of my favorite things to do is to workout at home. I absolutely love it. Even if I perform a hard workout at the gym or go for a run outside I will almost always still perform a few exercises at home around my boys.
I feel that if we really want to set a good example of the importance of fitness for our kids then we need to show them how important it is to us. The easiest way to do this is to perform workouts or exercises at home.
I am not saying that you can’t workout at the gym and that everything has to be done at home from now on. Working out at the gym is a great option for a lot of people and if that is where you go to get in your workouts, then don’t stop–keep going to the gym. I perform workouts at the gym all of the time. However, if all you ever do is workout at the gym and your kids never see you workout, then you are doing them a disservice. They need to see you working out and even participate with you every once in a while. Just hearing that you are going to the gym is not enough.
If I am not performing a full workout at home because I already got it in at the gym, then I will usually pick an exercise that I need extra work on and perform that when I get home with my kids around me. I find that doing this allows me to really improve upon my weaknesses and ensures quality time with my boys and wife all at the same time.
Here is a quick video of me in my garage gym working on my thick rope climb (without assistance from the legs). My oldest son was in the garage with me and was having a blast practicing on his little rope in the background.
He got pretty bored with climbing his little rope with the knots in it and soon decided he was ready for daddy’s big blue rope. He spent time swinging back and forth on the rope while I was resting in-between sets of climbing up and down it. Times like that are special. You just can’t do that at your local box gym.
You should always take time to engage in physical activity with your family. When a child sees their parent exercising and making time for physical activity it hits home way more than just hearing them pay lipservice to the importance of exercise or just always hearing that they are going to the gym.
Seeing is powerful, but participating is even more so.
It only takes a few minutes to do each day, but the lessons that are learned and relationships that are strengthened last much longer.
So get off the computer and go pound out a couple of pushups, squats, lunges, or planks with your kids.