We would probably all agree there are many health benefits to exercise, both physically and mentally, especially during these times of social distancing and staying indoors. However, as parents, it can be hard to find the time to work out while juggling kid duties, running errands, working and the hundred other responsibilities we have. Now is the time to say goodbye to excuses and hello to a healthier you because Little Steps is here to help! We have rounded up some of the best fitness centers and classes KL has to offer busy parents as well as fun ways to get exercise alongside the whole family and some at-home options.
Having trouble finding time to get to the gym but still want the support and guidance it provides? Believe Fitness has the perfect solution! They are offering virtual personal training sessions via webcam. That’s right, you will get all the benefits of working out with a personal trainer without the commute time or having to hire a babysitter! Your trainer will develop workouts secifically tailored to you, your health goals and the equipment you have (or don't have) on hand. You don’t have to be a member to book a personal training session, but, as a member, you will get access to all their classes online. And for the days that you can make it to the gym you will enjoy the supportive community they’ve created as well as their state-of-the-art facilities.
Believe Fitness, Tropicana Avenue, Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 47410, +60 12-609 5228, www.believefitness.com
GoNoodle is an app, website, and youtube channel that offers nearly endless ways for you and your child to get some exercise. They have various types of workouts including yoga, stretching, dance, and fitness. They also have interactive games that will you get your kiddo up and moving. The videos and games are geared toward younger children (4 – 10 years) but if you follow along with them you are sure to get sweating in no time.
Go Noodle, www.gonoodle.com
If you’ve ever done a Tabata workout you know that it’s a great way to burn a lot of calories in a short time. 7 Minute Workout for Kids uses the same concept, offering videos that focus on strength, endurance and flexibility in a fun and engaging way. Their workouts are suitable for the whole family to join in on but if it’s no intense enough for you, you can easily modify the moves.
7 Minute Workout For Kids, Available on Apple and Google App Stores
Youtube is a treasure trove of free workout videos, but there are so many to choose from where do you even start? Well, how about right here! If you’re wanting to workout alongside your children try Cosmic Kids Yoga for a unique and fun blend of yoga and storytelling or Glenn Higgens Fitness for themed workouts led by a personal trainer. If you’re looking for workouts to try on your own while the littles are busy or sleeping, check out Blogilates for Pilates workouts paired to pop music or The Fitness Marshall for some really fun and upbeat dance workouts. Another fantastic option is Heather Robertson. She has some great HIIT workouts that you will leave you sore in the very best way!
Still want more at home workouts? Check out this article for 10 FREE fitness websites.
Normally you don’t let your kids play in the street, but on every first and third Sunday of the month, it’s okay to. Known as car-free Sundays, the city closes 6km of the road to all motorized vehicles from 7:00 to 9:00 am. At this time the public is welcome to jog, bike, walk, or skate through the normally congested streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur. It’s sure to be a good time getting some physical activity with the family.
Car Free Sunday, Dataran DBKL 1, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KL-ites are blessed with a plethora of well-maintained parks, many of which include outdoor gym facilities, running trails, and playgrounds for the kids to play off some energy. At some parks you can even join in free workout classes usually held on weekend mornings. One great option is the park run which is held at Taman Pudu Ulu every Saturday morning at 7:30. It’s a timed 5K around the park and it’s totally free. They do ask that you register before coming for the first time.
Here are a few other parks that are perfect for some fresh air and a good workout:
Taman Tasik Datuk Keramat
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir Park
Taman Bukit Jalil
This is one for all you yogis out there. Nafas yoga caters to all, from beginner to expert, and offers a multitude of different types of classes including prenatal and kids’ classes. The kid’s yoga class is all about allowing your child to get a taste for yoga while having fun and learning in the process. There’s dancing, storytelling, crafting, and of course, posing. While your child is having a blast in kids’ yoga, it’s the perfect time for you to get a workout in, as they have concurrent classes for adults.
For more kids yoga class options in KL, check out this Little Steps article.
Nafas Yoga, 11A Jalan Tun Mohd. Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 7499 1069, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nafasyogakl.com
This fitness studio is the ‘mother’ of all gyms for busy moms! B Studios is owned by three moms who understand the tension of wanting to get in shape while juggling family and career, so they created an environment that caters to mothers AND children. They offer a variety of classes specifically for pregnant and post-natal moms taught by certified instructors. They also have classes that moms and children can enjoy together such as baby-wearing circuit training and moms and kids dance class. Their facilities include a diaper changing station and a play area right outside the fitness studio so you can see your bub and they can see you. B Studios is more geared toward moms, but dads are always welcome as well!
While Dance Pot started as a dance studio specializing in ballet, they now offer classes for a variety of different dance disciplines for all ages. Young children to adults can enjoy learning hip hop, belly dancing, K pop, and ballet, to name of few. For adults, they also offer fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba. The kids and adult classes run at similar times so while your child is learning a new skill you can be getting a workout in.
Dance Pot, 26-2, Jalan Danau Niaga 1, Off Jalan Genting Kelang, 53300 Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6012-3800 299, email@example.com, https://dancepot.my/
Fit Mom Project was started with the mission to help postpartum moms get back in shape by providing encouragement and community from other moms in the same boat. They offer classes that focus on getting rid of post-pregnancy belly fat and turning it into firm strong abs. Scattered throughout the week they also hold classes for couples to do together, can you say date night? You won’t even have to figure out what to do with the kids because there is a children’s corner that will keep your littles entertained while you work out.
Fit Mom Project, multiple locations, https://www.fitmomprojects.com/
Brand new to KL, Beast Park is a contemporary activity park fit for the whole family. They offer various activities such and rock climbing and a ninja training course. They even have a special section for the littles which includes an obstacle course and a light-up rock climbing wall. They also hold occasional yoga classes in one of their training studios. To read more about this state-of-the-art activity park check out this article.
Trampolines are always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to kids, but they also provide a great workout for adults and children alike. Jumping on a trampoline strengthens muscles, gets the heart pumping and blood flowing, and quickly burns calories. That’s what makes Jumpstreet the perfect place to take the family for a fun outing while you get a great workout and score some serious points with the kids. Throughout the week they also offer Zumba and aerobics classes on the trampolines for a unique twist to the classics.
Jumpstreet, +603-79691051, No 8A, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, www.jumpstreetasia.com