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iVillage: The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Better Body

You want to work out, but you feel guilty about sacrificing quality time with your kids or partner.

Kids are calorie-burning opportunities waiting to happen! And when it comes to your partner, finding some type of physical activity you really enjoy doing together (outside the bedroom) is a win-win for the both of you. “Children love challenges and moving their bodies,” says Katherine Mone, MEd, RD, LD, a registered dietitian for Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, “so set up a circuit around your family room, basement or backyard with jump ropes, exercise bands, hula hoops, exercise balls, soccer balls and small cones. Blast the music, set a timer and run some drills, such as jogging in place for 30 seconds, doing 15 push-ups or a hula hoop contest. Use athletic tape to outline rows for relay races where you carry an egg on a spoon, do the wheelbarrow or dribble a ball.”

Take the same think-outside-the-gym approach with your partner: Shoot a few hoops of basketball, head to the park with your tennis racquets, go for a bike ride, hit some golf balls. It’s a foolproof plan for covering all your bases — family time, fun and exercise.

(CREDIT: Julie Toy Collection, Photographer's Choice, Getty Images)
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