Exercise is very important. We all know that it helps us live longer, lowers heart risks, helps control weight and lowers our stress levels. If we didn’t exercise we might just blow our tops. However, did you know that exercising as a family can have even more benefits than going at it alone? Fitness activities can help create and strengthen family bonds and gives us a common goal to work toward. Plus, it’s a perfect way to share some laughs and create great memories. Here are some fun ways to make exercise an automatic part of your family life.
Make Time to Play
Set aside 30 minutes, three times a week, to do fun exercises as a family. Make it a part of your after-school or after-dinner routine. Turn off that T.V. and get moving. Also, plan at least one family activity every weekend. We live in one of the most beautiful counties in the world for day hikes so get outside and enjoy.
Get Moving–Walk or Bicycle
If the sun is shining and you’ve got an hour, try walking or biking to the grocery store. If you can ride your bikes to school that’s even better. This is a great way to make it an automatic part of your daily routine.
Track everyone’s mileage or steps with a pedometer, and try to add more distance every week. Use a family exercise log or colorful stickers to track your progress. Put your log or chart on the refrigerator as a reminder to keep up the good effort together.
Whistle While You Work
Set aside time for household chores and do them together as a family. Play music as you clean, and take turns choosing favorite songs or creating specific “Cool Cleaning” playlists. Sharing music together as a family will be just another added benefit to this “chore” turned fun “cleaning dance party.” Grab that broom and boogie. _