Taking Kids To The Gym With You

It can be hard for working parents to find time to work out.

NBC's Susan Kidd explains how you can find time for the gym, and find yourself a baby sitter.

The kids can get some time in on the weight bench or the treadmill while you are doing the same.

Some of the children's equipment at Flexible Family
Fitness is more for excitement than exercise, but owner Joanna Carter says it keeps them occupied while you are working out and starts them learning healthy habits early. "And a lot of our learning habits at an early age is mimicking what our parents do. And so the parents come here with their kids and they exercise side by side. So we have a pairing machine for everything that the adults have. The adults have exercise bikes, and the kids have an exercise bike. And so the kids get on their own size bike and they exercise while their parents are on their bike. And they talk and they have a great time. They love it," says owner, Joanna Carter.

Patron Carl Clarke appreciates the gym’s family features.
"Something family related is always a plus," he says.

Carl Clarke says his wife and daughter have come to the gym a few times, but this was his first visit and he was impressed. "We're trying to strive to as a family to do some more healthy things so on weekends instead of just sitting around watching TV, come here for a couple of hours and burn a couple of calories hopefully and bond together."

Carter does offer single memberships and says a family membership costs the same whether you have one child or ten. "I have a friend who home schools 8 kids, and this is what they do for their PE program."

There is even a playroom for the children with toys and books if they get worn out from all the exercise.

Carter says she started the gym because she could not find a babysitter when she wanted to exercise.

Now Flexible Family Fitness solves that problem, and the grownups are setting a good example. "Our habits we develop when we're kids and if we can have healthy habits then we can be healthy for life," Carter says.

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