Sport and child in harmony
Fancy going back to the sport you're used to? Or maybe you'd like to try something brand new? You can do both – with a child in tow.
Two to three-year-olds are already remarkably mobile. Just keeping up with them can be a sport in itself. But there are also other ways of keeping fit. For instance, you can try familiar sports in a new setting – for a change:
Standard sports, but suitable for kids
- Key requirements for cycling include a secure child's seat and a good helmet; opt for less busy routes on your first few rides. Confident parents can put their kids in a little trailer attached behind the bike, but be aware that the child's nose will then be at the same level as car exhaust pipes!
- Running: Great fun if the little ones enjoy sitting in a buggy and you've got a suitable model ("jogger").
- Inline skating is very similar to running in terms of how you can take your small child along, it's just faster. The movement of the skater has a calming effect on the child.
- Walking and hiking: With your child in tow, a real workout to quicken the pulse! The child should walk alongside you and let off steam on flat, short stages of a walk.
- Family yoga: Ideal because the little ones are still very agile.
- Dancing: Examples of courses on offer include belly dancing or creative dance for parent and child.
- Swimming: Not just in the form of baby swimming for the very smallest babies, but also suitable for two to three-year-olds.
- Gymnastics: Some studios and childcare facilities offer much more than just the usual "rolling around on a mat" in special gymnastics classes. Internet search tip: Enter "child gymnastics".