Being fit and healthy isn't just good for you, it's beneficial for your family too! Of course, exercise is good for everyone, but it doesn't have to feel like work if you make it fun and include the entire family.
Here are some easy tips to improve health with your family, even the littlest ones!
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Ideas for How to Get Fit With Your Family
Start With the Basics
It's easy for children (and adults) to become bored when doing routine exercises. So rather than long, structured exercise sessions—which can be difficult and boring for some—try integrating short bursts of fitness into your daily life. For example, take five minutes every morning after breakfast to do sit-ups, push-ups, squats, or jumping jacks—it's a great way to get the blood flowing and burn calories without forcing yourself into a gym routine you may not follow. Be sure to make exercise fun for the whole family!
Don't Be Discouraged by Exercise Equipment
To get a good workout, all you need is your body weight. When we start exercising, even if it's just getting off our seats and moving around for 5-20 minutes at a time, we can overcome barriers and make exercise a regular part of our lives. Read more about how just 20 minutes a day can do wonders for your health!
Talk About Your Health and Work on Fitness Goals Together
The easiest way to get fit with your family is by working on individual fitness goals together. So, talk about health with your family! Whether you're trying to lose weight, tone up, or drop a few dress sizes, having everyone participate can be a great motivator. You'll also find that your children will be more likely to stick with an exercise and healthy diet routine if they know that they're doing it with you and other members of their family. So not only are you setting a great example, but it's a great motivator if you're trying to figure out how to improve your health!
Build a Community Playlist
It can be hard to squeeze in a run while you're busy playing taxi driver and food preparer, but music is scientifically proven to improve your mood, boost your endurance and get you moving.
Bonus: Music also has been proven to reduce muscle pain following a workout. Win-win. So if you decide to do a fun aerobic or family-focused exercise, let everyone contribute their favorite songs! Put the playlist on shuffle and let the anticipation begin!
How do you make fitness fun for the whole family? Let us know in a comment!
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