Involving Your Children in Family Fitness

Caitlin Smith, CYS Services Acting Director of Sports and Fitness exercises with an unidentified boy during April's Month of the Military Child

Are you trying to help your children understand that importance of physical health and well-being? Do they have interests outside of school that would require them to be at the top of their game where health and fitness are concerned? If so, the best approach may be to tackle personal fitness as a family. Leading by example is always the best advice, so why not create an exercise program the whole family can do together.

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Why the Push?

Times have changed drastically and with that, the amount of physical activity a kid does, at school and at home, has decreased. This is when it’s up to parents to take control and re-introduce the importance of physical activity and being aware of one’s health. Besides it being a wise life choice to look after their health and body, it may also be necessary, depending on their interests.

Perhaps they have dreams of making it big in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, it is a rather vain industry that tends to demand people are in peak physical condition. Parents can do a lot to help make their kids dreams come true by helping them to create a routine that keeps them in top health.

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Maybe their dreams have more to do with a sport they love. Again, helping them to get into peak shape will help ensure that they perform their absolute best when playing the sport they love so much.

Exercises to Include

If you’re ready to introduce exercise into the family’s routine, then there are a number of great ideas. Remember, in order for something to count as exercise, it doesn’t mean you have to hit up the gym. Any sort of physical activity counts towards exercise.

Daily Family Walks

One of the most beneficial physical activities you can do is walking, so why not create a new ritual and introduce daily family walks. You can do this before or after dinner once everyone is home for the day. You can do a walk around your neighborhood, visit a park, or even turn it into a hike if you like. Just be sure to stick with it daily.

Daily Chores

Another daily exercise you can include in the family is daily chores. You can make up a weekly schedule where each day has a designated chore. This can include such things as laundry, vacuuming, dusting, tidying up, weeding, etc.

Sports in the Backyard

If you’ve got a yard or a park nearby you can also take part in sports such as soccer, catch, baseball, football, etc. There are also games such as tag, hopscotch, and skip rope that all count towards physical activity.

Put a Little Imagination into It

When it comes to the perfect exercises to perform as a family, a good tip is to use your imagination. Think of activities that are fun and engaging, yet also get the body going at the same time.

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