Family Exercise

Exercising as a family is a great way to spend quality time together while getting healthier at the same time! Getting fit as a family does not have to be time-consuming or difficult. With just a little bit of planning, family exercise can be easy and fun! Here are seven ideas for your family to get fit:

  1. Exercise during commercial breaks – when watching TV together, try running in place, push-ups, sit-ups, squats or jumping jacks during the commercial breaks.
  2. Make an Exercise Video – create your own family exercise video where your kids are the stars. Everyone will get exercise while creating the video.
  3. Just Dance – turn on some fun music and rock out together as a family.
  4. Go the Extra Step – park farther away when running errands with the kids, walk or bike to places when feasible, encourage yourself and your family to take the stairs wherever you are.
  5. Create Time for Family Exercise Every Day – take family walks after dinner and use that time to talk about your day. Play a family game of football or basketball.
  6. Blend Technology with Play – many electronic games offer the chance to move while playing like dancing, boxing, tennis or bowling.
  7. Family Olympics – create your own Family Olympics or obstacle course – go to your local track or town pool and have races while your family goes for the gold.

All it takes is a little initiative and creativity to build a mindset of lifetime fitness and a positive association with being healthy!