Tips and tricks to include your kids in your at-home workout

Part 27 of USA TODAY's Working Out From Home (#WOFH) series focuses on how to get your kids involved. Sign up for Good Sports, our weekly newsletter that will bring you more home workout tips and the best stories of the good throughout the world of sports:

Getting in a regular exercise routine can be difficult when working from home. It can be even harder for parents of young children. Amanda Tress is here to help with some ideas on how to get your kids to work out with you.

Tress is a fitness and nutrition entrepreneur from Tampa, Florida, who started her own company about seven years ago, and she says her www.fasterwaytofatloss.com site has served over 150,000 clients. Her members have recently been offered a series of videos on how to incorporate kids in workouts at home. She has three kids of her own, and a fourth on the way due in October.

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“It’s an adventure and a challenge,” she says of keeping them busy. “If even Tom Brady can’t work out in a park here in Tampa, you know we can’t. My kiddos are definitely well-behaved, but they like to be doing something.”

Tress and her team put together a video series on working out with kids for clients. She shared a demonstration with USA TODAY Sports. The focus is to make it like play time. One suggested activity involves choosing a stuffed animal from a basket, then performing an associated task. 

“For example if you pick a chicken, you can say, ‘OK, let’s lay a dozen eggs,’ which would basically be a set of squats,” she explains. “Movements like that are really good for helping them let out that extra energy.”

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