Family Fitness Plan – Staying Healthy as a Family
In today’s world, it's not uncommon for families to rely on fast food dinners in between bouts of playing video games and sitting at the computer. Kids are not as physically active as they used to be which is why you, as a parent, need to teach them the benefits of staying active. One way to get the kids moving is committing to getting fit and staying healthy together, as a family. Not only is exercising together a great way to stay in shape, it will also help foster and build familial bonds that are too often loosened or broken by modern technology. This is your chance to get creative and have some fun when putting together a family fitness plan; fitness activities for the whole family, and you just might be surprised at how well it goes.
Here are a few ideas to help you create a family fitness plan.
Your Family Fitness Plan
- Bike Riding –Chances are the whole family might already have bikes that are not being used. Clean and tune them before planning on going for a ride twice per week.
• Choose different times to ride so that the timing of your family fitness plan suits the whole family. In warmer months, consider riding in the morning. Hitting the bikes in the afternoon or evening after a big meal is also a good idea.
- Swimming – It should not be too much of a chore to get your kids to go to the pool. If there is an indoor pool near you, swimming is an activity that you can do year-round.
• Swimming burns up a ton of calories, plus you can have some quality family time sitting around the pool and chatting once your laps are done
- Switch between Walking and Running – Going for a walk as a family is great, but how about mixing it up a little by running every few minutes. You can turn the runs into little competitive races that your kids are sure to enjoy.
- Mini Biathlon – If you find that your kids love doing the aforementioned activities, you can put together a mini biathlon where they choose two and engage in a race.
• Make sure that the whole family is involve in planning and training for the mini biathlon. This is a great way to spend time together and get the kids excited and physical activity.
- Calisthenics, Yoga, or Tai Ch – When the weather refuses to co-operate, it’s always nice to have indoor exercise options. There are several different exercises that promote fitness, and which need little more than an exercise mat.
• There are several stretching exercises, such as leg lifts, push-ups, and more that will provide a good physical challenge. Yoga and Tai Chi are a little less strenuous and perhaps better suited to a smaller home with limited space.
• Mats or exercise blankets are a good investment to help make everyone comfortable while exercising indoors.
- Dance Music – Dancing is a fun activity that doesn’t really feel like exercise. Get the music going and have a little dance party with the kids.
• There are countless streaming services, as well as your own music collection, where you can find music that the whole family will love to dance to.
Make if Fun and Make it Regular
This is an opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that fitness can be fun. Follow the tips outlined above and we're sure you will find at least one thing that will get the whole family excited about fitness. Making it fun is the first part, but to make it work, you also need to make it a regular event for your family. Try to shoot for at least 3 times a week. Maybe you'll work up to 5 or 6. Talk to your kids about the benefits of staying in shape and you might just help them develop a lifelong fitness habit.
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