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Are you feeling stir-crazy and cooped up after a long winter inside? This Indoor Workout Routine is the perfect way to get your heart rate up, burn some calories, and have fun with your kids at the same time!

Indoor Workout with Kids

 

Whether it’s a cold, snowy day, a rainy day, or a hot summer day, there are plenty of times when we just can’t get outside to run around, squeeze in a workout, and burn off the kids’ energy. In fact, as I sit and type this post, the weather in Virginia is FRIGID! The wind is howling and we’re expecting wind chills below zero. That means that I will be spending a lot of time inside over the next few days…desperately trying to entertain 3 very active, very energetic little boys.

Last year I posted a whole series of indoor activities for kids (you can see a few of them here, here, here, and here, for example), and we still enjoy a lot of the same fun games on days that we are housebound. Plus, since my boys loved the Yoga with Kids activity that I shared a few months ago (and still request it on a regular basis), I figured that it was time to come up with another fun, active idea to get the children (and myself) up and moving — even when we can’t go outside.

This is a great workout for toddlers, preschoolers, and little kids because it can easily be adapted to match abilities. Complete each exercise for 1 minute and you’ll have a fast-paced, fun, 15-Minute Indoor Workout Routine. If you’re really up for a challenge, complete the circuit twice for 30 minutes of fun! {Click on the titles for video demonstrations of the exercises}

1. Frog Jumps

2. Jumping Jacks

3. Skaters

4. Donkey Kicks

5. Tippy Toes! (Calf Raises)

6. Crab Walk

7. Air Punches and Jabs

8. Ninja Kicks (Kickboxing)

9. Squats

10. Forearm Plank

11. Push-Ups

12. Arm Circles (forward)

13. Arm Circles (backward)

14. Marching Soldiers (marching in place)

15. Downward Dog (yoga for “cool down”)

Have fun!

Here are a few outtakes of my boys doing their Frog Jumps and Donkey Kicks. Spence was a cheerleader for the most part, although he did try to join in most of the exercises! For my three-year-old’s shorter attention span, we moved from one exercise to the next every 30 seconds (rather than continuing for a full minute). Make it work for you!

Kids Workout

 

Looking for more indoor exercise inspiration? Check out these routines:

Time-Saving Full Body Workout

Time Saving Full Body Workout

Energizing Workout: 10, 20, or 30 Minutes of Indoor Cardio

Energizing Workout

10-Minute Total Body Workout for Busy Moms

Busy Mom's 10 Minute Total Body Workout

Yoga with Kids

Yoga with Kids

The Living Room Workout

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  1. Wow, this is a nice list of work-out options, Blair. Being couped up indoors is a recipe for meltdowns, guaranteed. I do Pilates at home, and my kids often try to imitate me. I want to think it will stick with them (the idea of doing some physical exercise regularly).

  2. This is a great list of exercises! My little one LOVES working out with me and I’m excited to have a list that are all accessible to her. Thank you!