With creativity and thought, fitness can join one’s daily parenting routine. An afternoon family yoga session is one way to make fitness a cornerstone of parenting. Plus, this particular fitness activity provides many benefits, some that you may have never considered.
Why hold family yoga in the afternoon? When the kids get home from school, they need some relaxation. But they also need a boost of brain power. Yoga is a great activity for both. Not only can yoga stimulate the mind and relax the body, but exercising before dinner can help the body better burn calories and convert food into the proper energy. Yes, kids get to play more than adults, but their minds are constantly working. Plus, lessons, sports, activities, and even playing can be tiring. Kids need to wind down and they also need something that will bring that focus back so they can complete homework, read, or study. All of the above and more add up to being a great reason yoga in the afternoon can be added as routine family fitness.
Family yoga sessions in the afternoon are even more of a win for parents. By the time the kids get finished with lessons or extra curricular activities, the parents are likely exhausted from their days as well. Working, cleaning house, and performing routine parental duties can be tiring for both the mind and body. Parenting is hard and yoga can be both the quick pick-me-up needed to prepare dinner and the relaxing moment needed to relieve the day’s stress.
Afternoon yoga sessions need not take hours. A simple 20 minutes will suffice. It doesn’t take much time out of the day and will benefit parents and kids alike. Yoga books, DVD’s, classes, and even yoga websites can help you find the best poses to incorporate into your day. Poses can focus on specific benefits, as well as experience level. There’s even yoga for babies, so you have no excuse not to get the whole family involved.