Fitness - It's A Family Affair


OK, you are eating healthier meals and now you want to get your family to exercise together. First, sit down and talk about the different things you all like to do. Give everyone a turn to come up with a week's worth of activities. Numerous studies have shown that if you exercise for 30 consecutive days it becomes a habit. So once you all get past the first month it will become routine and part of your lifestyle. Just remember to keep it fun and give everyone a chance to participate in coming up with different things to do. Everyone wants to give input, no one likes to be told over and over what to do!

One of my favorites is dancing. Everyone gets to pick their favorite music and you all get to dance to it. It is also fun for the younger generation to watch the older one dance.

Another favorite of mine is swimming. If you have a YMCA, community center, or if your school is lucky enough to have a pool see if you can get some swim time in. You can also get creative here also with different types of swimming, races, or water ballet. Another option if you have the pool to yourself is pool volleyball!

One great game the whole family can play is Twister, plus it has the added advantage of stretching all those muscles. Be sure you play enough games to get those muscles warmed up (4-8 games). Since weather is one of the main reasons why many around the country don't get outside to walk, try going to the Mall. Walk at a nice brisk pace for at least 20-30 minutes or less if you feel you are getting short of breath. Then since you are there reward yourself with some window shopping. If the mall isn't your thing, pick another indoor facility where you can do some brisk walking.

Many who walk keep track of their steps with pedometers. They are inexpensive and people love the feedback of how many steps they did in a day. Get one for everyone in your family and see who walks the most steps in a week. Whoever wins gets to decide on the menu for a week, doesn't have to do any clean up or chores. Or you could have prizes you give away.

Since I am into weight training and especially enjoy circuit training, you could try something like circuit training in your home. You could start with stretching; and then move to running up and down the stairs; then some floor exercises, such as sit ups, side bends, push ups. If you have some type of equipment, like a treadmill, bicycle, Gazelle or something along these lines you could also add that into the circuit. Do each activity for a couple of minutes or one repetition and then move to the next activity or "station". You could also place each activity in a different room and walk briskly or jog to each "station".

Get those creative juices flowing and I am sure in no time you can come up with a whole bunch of other fun activities. Enjoy!

Copyright 2005, DeFiore Enterprises

About the Author

Introducing Keep Kids Fit: A How To Guide For Setting Up And Running Your Own Business In One Year Or Less! Solutions for parents who want healthy children in body and mind! Our motto, "Eat Healthy, Live Healthy, Help Keep Kids Fit" Visit our web blog at: http://hbsblogs.typepad.com/keepkidsfit/ and visit our website today at: http://www.keepkidsfit.com

Sue DeFiore

Home (Health and Fitness)
Home (Health and Fitness Articles)
Health & Fitness
10 Acne Truths and Myths You Need To Know
3 Easy Dieting Success Tips
3 Easy Ways to Treat Body Acne
5 Great Ways to Burn More Fat Today
Achieve Better Health With Dietary Supplements
Benefiting From a Regular Exhibiting Workout
Benefits of Green Tea
Body Fat Calculation and Health
Breathing Your Way To Health
Calculating Your Calorie Needs
Cracked Up Glossary Of Common Gym Terms
Curb Your Cravings
Dangers of the Scale
Dietary Sources of Vitamins and Minerals
Does Caffeine Raise Blood Pressure
Does Your Current Exercise Practice Increase Or Decrease Your Stress
Dont Blow Your Nose In The Water Fountain
Do Natural Stress Anxiety and Depression Supplements Really Work
Everyone wants to be an underwear model
Exercise for a Healthy Heart
Fast Food
Fat Burning Compatible Foods
Fitness Its A Family Affair
Fitness Muscle Building Know How for Hard Gainers
Five Tips for Optimal Health
Get To Know Yourself
Having Problems Conceiving Try a detox
Head Massage The Right Way For Perfect Inner As Well As Outer Health
Healthy Eating Diet Tips
Health and Fitness for Life
Health and Medical Advice on the Internet Use it Wisely
How Nutritionally Deficient Are You
How to Choose a Personal Trainer
How to Find the Right Yoga Teacher for You
How To Improve Your Mood And Health With Deep Breathing Exercises
Inactive Alert Essential Proteins for Sedentary People
Increase Your Production Of Nitric Oxide
Intelligent Weight Loss is as Simple as 1 2 3
Know All about Power Push Ups
Learn How To Prevent Back Pain At Home Or At Work Today
Lets Talk About Fad Diets
Lipovarin Review How Well Does It Work
Low-Carb The Role of Insulin
Measuring and Monitoring Your Bodyfat Improves Overall Health
Menopausal Weight Gain Products How Well Do They Work
New Advances in the Treatment of Arthritic Pain
Pain Relief Is There an Alternative
Personal Wellness Program
Pineapples The Healing Fruit of the Tropics
Pizza French Fries Beer and Other Diet Foods
Rediscovering Protein - Corrective Action in the American Diet
Run For Your Life Valuable Tips and Advice About Treadmills
Safer And More Effective Than Botox Shocking Results
Savvy Nutrition Seven Simple Ways to Eat Healthy
Secrets to Healthy Weight Gain
Skin Care
Skin Care for Men
Skin Care Products
South Beach Diet Overview
Summer Dieting Tips from WeightLossBuddycom
Ten Of The Best Supplements That Men Need For Optimum Nutrition Today
The Isometric Diet and Balanced Health
The TIME Diet For Women Who Love Baked Potatoes
The Top 10 Most Outrageous Exercises Ive Ever Seen
Turning an Addictive Snack into a Complete Meal
Weight Loss Magic Pills
What Exactly Is Good Nutrition
What is Good Health Part 1
Workstation Health and Fitness for RSI
Yoga Accessories Getting What You Really Need

 

Self Improvement
The Top 101 Experts

You can get your hands on the greatest and most powerful self help resources, quite literally, on the face of the earth for only $27

Click Here to find out how!