Childhood obesity is a major concern among parents and the medical community. This generation of kids is less active and more obese than any generation before.
Wouldn’t it be great if your kids naturally enjoyed exercise? If this were the case, then childhood obesity wouldn’t be the looming problem that it is.
As adults, we exercise to improve health, stay fit, and control weight. But what motivates a child to be physically active? Fun. Ultimately, if children and adults enjoy an activity, they’re more likely to stick with it.
Here are some fun, creative ways to incorporate exercise into the life of your family.
Make Chore Time Fun Time
Let’s face it: chores and kids don’t mix – not willingly at least. Chores and fun don’t usually mix, either. How can you combine chores with fitness while making it fun at the same time?
Turn up your family’s favorite tunes and sing and dance while cleaning the house. Let the kids take turns choosing the music. All ages can be involved.
While you’re at it, turn chores into a competition. Who can clean his or her room the fastest? (Without stuffing everything in the closet).
Want a little more wiggle in your family exercise routine? Invite the kids’ friends over for a dance party. Move the furniture out of the way, turn down the lights, and turn up the tunes! Then get moving.
Kids will have a great time with this. If you have a Wii dance game, take turns in dance competition.
Family Fitness Nights
Family fun night is often spent sitting around watching a movie or playing a board game. How can you turn family nights into fitness nights?
Go on a bike ride together. Head to a nearby trail in the woods and go on a hike. Invite another family to join you and organize a soccer game, wiffle ball tournament, or relay races. Set up a badminton net in the backyard.
Let each family member take turns choosing which activity to do on family nights, but keep the nights focused on fun fitness.
Hire a Personal Trainer
Each person has different fitness needs and goals. Call or email me today to design a workout program for each family member.
A great way to stay motivated as a family to keep exercising is to track individual progress. If one family member needs to lose weight and another is trying to bench press heavier weight, track their progress and encourage them along the way.
And keep progress at the forefront with a chart on your refrigerator to track your family’s fitness goals.
A Way of Life
When fitness is incorporated into everyday life, it won’t become a drag or another thing to fit into your already busy schedule. Set aside just an hour two to three times a week to get moving as a family. Your kids will have fun and learn valuable life lessons.