Over half of Brit parents ‘too unfit to keep up with kids’ games’

To help worn-out parents get back in shape, Argus asked celebrity personal trainer Tyrone Brennand to devise some easy but effective exercises that parents can do while spending time with their children at the playground, all of which will get their heart rate racing, increase their steps, and burn some serious calories.

He used the new Samsung Galaxy Fit e tracker to monitor his guinea pig’s heart rate and calorie consumption.

1. Piggy monkeys

Give your child a piggy back, run from one end of the playground to the other. After this, pop your child down and run to the monkey bars and hold on for as long as you can. Challenge your child to beat you!

If you do this for 10 minutes, your Samsung Galaxy Fit e will tell you that you’ve burnt just under 100 calories and your heart rate will rise to 160.

2. Stuck in the Squat 

Kids love playing stuck in the mud. To make it tougher, when you become stuck in the mud squat non-stop until you’re rescued out of the mud. 15 minutes of this will burn 140 calories and your heart rate will reach 169.

“Doing a little bit of exercise everyday such as playing with our kids can make a huge difference to our fitness and wellbeing”

Tyrone Brennand

3. Hop Scotch Run 

Hop Scotch is a classic playground activity. Do this with your kids then race them round the roundabout and you’ll burn 113 calories in 12 minutes, with your heart rate reaching 174.

4.Jump Rope Challenge

Skipping is a key exercise for boxers and top tier athletes and is therefore a great way to keep fit. To make it more competitive and exciting, challenge your child to do more skips than you. For 10 minutes of skipping you’ll burn 146 calories, with a heart rate reaching just below 180.

5. Piggy Back Squats 

Squat with your child on your back and if you have another child, challenge them to do more squats than you in one go. Swap them around and go again. If you repeat three times, you’ll burn roughly 60 calories and your heart rate will hit 163.

The research also found that 93% of parents wish they were fitter than they currently are. When asked why this is, 64% wanted to set a good example for their kids and 57% wanted more energy to play outside with their children, so this a great way to start putting that into practice.

Tyrone Brennand said: “Doing a little bit of exercise everyday such as playing with our kids can make a huge difference to our fitness and wellbeing. As a parent, you want to stay fit and healthy to watch your children grow up. The Samsung Galaxy Fit e tracker is an affordable way to stay motivated by watching you step count and heart rate increase in real time.”

Emma Lethbridge, buyer of wearable tech at Argos, said: “Many parents feel that during the holidays they have to sacrifice time to keep fit to be present for their kids, but this is not the case! Small changes can make all the difference and by wearing the Samsung Galaxy Fit e parents can track their progress, which is an added motivation to keep moving.”

The Samsung Galaxy Fit e is available exclusively at Argos priced at £35 and comes with Auto Workout Tracking, which automatically detects three activities, (walking, running and dynamic workout). The Samsung Galaxy Fit e allows users to track their activity and heart rate through the Samsung Health app.

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