Fitness – It’s A Family Affair
by: Sue DeFiore
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
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
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