Five Fun, Easy Exercises to Do with Your Teen
Partner moves you both will love.
Whether you want to squeeze in some physical activity during this busy time of year, hope to bond more with your kid or are just trying to lure her off the couch, these five exercises (and a stretch) practically guarantee a little sweat and a few laughs. Created by the mom-and-daughter duo that founded Chaise Fitness studio in NYC, the routine works your body from head to toe and requires no equipment—just your pal. Grab your kid, press play on the video above and have some fun getting fit!
Here's a recap of the moves:
Face each other. Lift your arms so they're in line with your shoulders and bend your elbows. Grab each other's forearms. Put your left foot forward and right foot behind you, with your toe pointing slightly outward. Bend your left knee a bit and lean slightly forward. Engage your abs and lift your right leg as high as you can without moving your hips or upper body. Bring it back down and tap the floor. Repeat 10 times. After the 10th rep, hold your right leg at the top and pulse upward 8 times. Repeat on the other side.
Face each other. Lift your arms so they're in line with your shoulders and bend your elbows. Grab each other's forearms. Bend your right knee, lift your foot and place it behind your left knee. Pause. Bend your knees and cross your right leg behind your left, so your right knee is just behind your left foot. Pulse two times. Stand tall and return your right foot behind your left knee. Repeat 10 times. After the 10th curtsy, hold your leg in the standing position (with your right knee bent and your right foot behind your left knee). Extend your leg straight out to the side. Then bend your knee again and repeat 10 times. Switch to the other side.
Start in a push-up position. Tap your left leg out to the side as far as you can without moving your midsection. Return to the starting position. (Optional: Add a push-up here.) Tap your right leg out to the side as far as you can without moving your midsection. Return to the starting position (Optional: Add a push-up here.) Repeat 10 times on each side.
Lie on your back with your legs up, knees bent at a 90-degree angle and your feet touching each other. Place your hands behind your head, elbows wide. Curl up so your shoulder blades are off the ground. Pull your right knee in as you straighten your left leg out and curl your upper body forward, so your left elbow reaches your right knee. Rotate to the other side, bending your left knee and straightening your right leg, while your right elbow reaches toward your left knee. Continue alternating 20 times.
Sit facing each other, with your knees bent about 45 degrees and your toes touching. Lean forward to clap hands. Lean back about 45 degrees, keeping your elbows lifted and in line with your shoulders. Return to the starting position and clap hands again. Repeat 20 times. After the 20th rep, pause in the curled back position and pulse your elbows 10 times forward and backward, keeping them in line with your shoulders.
Sit facing each other with your feet touching. Grab each other's hands. Partner #1: Straighten your knees as much as you can and lean your upper body forward. Partner #2: Straighten your legs if you can and pull your pal toward you to deepen her stretch. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch roles.
Want to see more of Lauren and Rachel Piskin? Stream another awesome workout from their Chaise Fitness website.