Home workout tips

We’re pretty fortunate as we’ve always been a pretty active family. My husband especially has always been an active person and both of us enjoyed sports as kids. He has better workout habits than I do and it’s been an important value that has always been part of his life and we’re trying to pass on to our kids.

Over the years, we’ve discovered fine tuned some ways to get all three of our children more active and looking forward to getting outside and being active. From family bike rides to watching yoga classes on Youtube, we’ve found the possibilities are endless.

But statistics tell me that not everyone is fortunate to have these habits ingrained since a young age. That’s why I wanted to write this blog to focus on all the ways you can get your kids moving. 

Maybe your family are sporting gurus and are just looking for new ideas to sink your teeth into. Or maybe you’re exercise novices – in need of some inspiration.

Whatever your situation, here are five home workout tips you can use to get your kids more active and enjoy exercising as a family. Get healthy!

1) Lead By Example

The simplest way to get your kids active is by getting them involved in the regular workouts you do. Lead by example. For example, while my husband does his normal workout, he gives the kids little tasks to do. So if he’s got to do 20 squats, the kids can do five. If you’re struggling to find time to get your kids exercising, why not combine your workouts with theirs?

That isn’t to say you should cut back on your own training plan to accommodate your new exercise partners. Make it fun, make it a challenge. Maybe the amount of jumping jacks you do should be the same as your kids’ age. And if your kids finish their challenges before you, we’ve found that they’re great motivators. 

2) Keep It Fun

The key is having fun! Kids aren’t motivated by weight loss or building muscle so for them exercising is all about the dopamine rush they get from burning off all their energy. We try not to structure workouts and scare our kids with numbers and plans, instead we make things feel spontaneous – even if they aren’t. Need an obstacle course? Let the kids take the lead and design it. Let them be the ones that draw a route with chalk on the driveway, or put the cones and markers down in the backyard.

And never forget the value of a line like, “I bet you can’t do five laps in five minutes.” My kids are always wanting to rise up to a challenge like that.

3) Try Yoga!

If you’re looking to try another one of my favorite home workout tips, nothing’s better for flexibility and installing a sense of calm than yoga. This is ideal for slightly older kids as you’ll need a longer attention span to follow along. We started doing family yoga sessions as Jayda wanted to work on her stretches ahead of her cheer competitions. But I feel it’s benefiting us all and we’ve found lot’s of fun, free resources on YouTube. I’d recommend Cosmic Kids yoga – I know Ty will enjoy the safari themed session when we try it next.

4) YouTube Cardio Workouts

My kids love following along to cardio workouts on YouTube. It serves as the perfect way to get the heart rate up and be active. It’s funny, if I try and lead a workout my kids will never follow along for the full duration. But a stranger on the television screen as chief fitness instructor and they’re hanging on their every word!

In fact, my family has got so involved over the holidays that we’ve even been following along to themed workouts. Check out this Elf Christmas workout that we did over December. All you need is a computer and some space in your living room and you’re off. Go to YouTube and search “kids cardio workout” – the most popular results are usually the best. 

5) Family Bike Rides

I love encouraging my family to go outdoors. I even signed off my 2021 goals blog explaining how I wanted to cultivate and grow our mini tradition of going on regular walks and bike rides. We’re still doing it and are loving getting our regular dose of fresh air as a family over lockdown. By implementing a structure – like a big family bike ride every Saturday morning – you can ensure your team is getting the regular outdoor activities and exercise they need to stay healthy.

And along the way you can add challenges. It’s amazing how inspired kids can be when you get their competitive juices flowing. 

Here is some of our family favorite workout gear:

Family Workout Gear

Here are some of our tried and true favorite family workout gear that our kids love to use with us.

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Let me know which home workout tips you’ll try out and if you’ve got your own family exercising tips and tricks, share them with me. I’d love to try them out!

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Those of you who are long-term readers will already know that I’m big on goal setting. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions or get too caught up if I miss a day on my journey towards my next goal, but I do like to work my plans and aspirations into my everyday life. I feel like I’ve perfected a great, fool-proof system which helps me race through my to-do list without it ever feeling overbearing. Recently, I’ve been passing on my tips and tricks to my two eldest kids.

Here’s how I help my kids to set goals and achieve their dreams and I hope you can use these tips to help you kids set goals for themselves as well!

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So have you set your New Year’s resolutions yet? According to Forbes, less than 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. That’s why I focus less on resolutions and instead focus more on yearly goals.

And what’s the difference between a resolution and a goal? Well, a goal is flexible; it grows and shrinks as your year does. A resolution is stationary, you either achieve it or you don’t (and a lot of times it’s the latter). If your New Year’s resolution is to go on a run every week, and you go a week without exercising, you might feel as if your resolution is ‘broken’ and therefore, don’t keep working at it. Goals, however, change as you do and there’s no time limit for them. You don’t have to wait until January 1st to go after what you want. Make it a yearly goal and start working toward it!

It’s nearly over. We’ve almost seen the back of 2020. And although this crazy year has thrown surprise after surprise at us, there were still plenty of moments of magic.

Cherish365 is all about appreciating each and every day and not missing the powerful moments as they pass you by so when I flick through my photo album on my phone or reread the blogs I’ve written this year, I’ve come to realize something. Even in a pandemic – 2020 hosted some remarkable achievements for my family and me. And I want to remember and celebrate them!

So, here are my top 10 favorite moment of 2020 that made me happy this year:

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I already shared a spoiler-free review of Disney Pixar’s Soul and a kid’s review. But I wanted to spill the beans a little bit in this one, especially for those who want to watch and discuss the film over and over, or others who may be holding off on watching it for one reason or another. Soul is the movie we all need this year to remind us of why we’re here.

Yesterday a woman thanked me for “normalizing mortgage-free life”. I didn’t think much of it at first, but then I remembered the Black women I watched on TV reporting the news, or the teen I saw on stage who earned enough scholarships to pay for college, and the stories I’d read of families paying off their mortgage early. All of these examples represented hope and possibilities for me. If they could do it, I could do it. Representation matters in so many ways.

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“I want to walk into a jungle!”

My 7-year-old son told me that as I asked him for ideas for his new room theme. Instead of picking a style and decor that I like, I wanted to do something that spoke to who he is and what he loves. I decided to go wild with Ty’s room. Quite literally.

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I’m a big believer in leading from the front when it comes to spreading joy in my community. There are so many vital workers across the US who, if we’re not careful, will go unappreciated. And after we’ve had a year like 2020, they need all the appreciation they can get! That is why today’s blog is all about giving back and showing just how grateful you are to all those around you in your area.

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Now it’s time to branch out and explore my COMPLETE Holiday Movie Guide, aka, My Best Holiday Family Movies of ALL TIME List.

And to keep on top of it, I’ve created this handy checklist to tick off each family-friendly holiday movie as you see it.

Disney+ is starting to pump out original movies faster than we can say Mickey Mouse. Safety is the newest sports film on Disney Plus, based on a true story of former Clemson University football player Ray McElrathbey. I watched the movie with my two oldest kids and we’re going to give you a spoiler-free review on this family-friendly flick.

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“Paid in full”

I turned to my husband and showed him the subject line of the email we’d just received from our mortgage company. We did it!

It’s that time of year again, choosing holiday gifts for the whole family. I know I’m not alone in this, but COVID-19 and lockdowns across the globe have made this a year of reflection for me.

The pandemic has opened my eyes. Most of the gifts I’m going to buy are all going to be centered on the whole family. Presents that we can all get value from and encourage us to all stay together over the holidays and New Year.

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.

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