A family that exercises together, stays together. Think about it. What are the top reasons you exercise? It is probably because you want to feel better, get fitter and maybe lose some weight. Am I right ? Kids, however, have a complete different motivation to exercise. A motivation we, as adults, can learn from. That is to simply have fun. This is the key to being a happy fitness family because if children and adults enjoy an activity, they’re more likely to stick with it.
Monkey sees, monkey does. It makes sense that an inactive child has a greater chance of becoming an inactive grown up if healthy habits aren’t practised early in life. So the best time to start is when they are still young. What better way to get your kids moving than to find a fun exercise activity your whole family can enjoy together? Your family will not only be healthier and fitter, but will enjoy some quality time connecting and set habits that wil set them up for later in life.
You don’t have to drag your kids to the local gym to get this going either. In fact most kids aren’t allowed to lift weight until they are a bit older and know how to do it correctly. So here are some fun and creative ways that will get the whole family moving
Chores are fun
I can almost here you thinking; yeah right, in what universe are chores fun. Hear me out. I know that Chores and fun don’t usually mix. So this is what you can do to combine chores with fitness while making it fun at the same time. Turn up your family’s favourite tunes and sing and dance while cleaning the house. Let the kids take turns choosing the music. All ages can be involved. The youngest can pick up toys or sweep the floors. The older kids can vacuum or sort out the washing. A great little trick is to turn house hold activities into a competition. Most kids are easily tricked if you tell them that you can clean up faster than they can.
Like Taylor swift says, Shake it off. Make the kids play-date into a dance party. Move the furniture out of the way, turn down the lights, and turn up the beats! Now lets dance. Kids will love it. If you have a Wii or xbox dance game,even better, take turns in dance competition. Why not bring the old records out and teach the kids some of your old dance moves. Feeling a bit rusty ? Have a look on youtube and learn some new moves together
Family Time can be Fitness Time
Instead of watching a movie or playing a board game, you turn family nights into fitness nights. Try going for a bike ride together and watch the sun set. Visit Mount Lofty or a nearby park to go on a hike. Get another family to join you and organise a soccer game, Volleyball tournament, or even a egg and spoon race. You can get a table tennis net that you can hook on the dinner table for cheap at Big W or Ebay. When the sun is out, go to the beach and run towards the water and back without the waves hitting you. (This is a great interval Training) . What about Ice skating as a family? Now there’s a fun family workout! You can let each family member take turns choosing which activity to during family time.
How can a Personal Trainer Help ?
Everyone is different and sometimes it takes a bit of effort to get the body moving smoothly again. Previous injuries, sore back or low energy can sometimes get in the way of really enjoying family fitness time. We can help by strengthening your body and core so it becomes easy again to keep up with the kids. I also find that people become more motivated to do active things with the family once you get into the healthy living mind set.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard clients tell me how much better they feel since they have started. The funny thing is that it rubs of and we now have group sessions that consist entirely out of one family.
We are here for each other.
A great way to stay motivated as a family to keep exercising is to track your progress. For example, Mum wants to lose weight and dad is trying to bench press heavier weight, you encourage eachother along the way.
You can also have all family members wear a fitbit or other activity tracker and reward the person with the most steps, or choose do an exercise challenge like who can plank the longest or who can do the most squats in a minute. . At the beginning of the month, each family member must perform his or her maximum number of repetitions. After a month of training, the person with the highest percentage of improvement gets a small reward.I find that especially kids enjoy things like the skipping rope or a simple game of catch-me-if-you-can.
You can keep track to progress at the forefront with a chart on the fridge as a friendly reminder to keep going.
Fitness as 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 half an hour two to three times a week to get moving as a family. Your kids will have fun and learn valuable life lessons.