Family fitness | Getting the kids involved

Achieving family fitness does not mean you must all go to the gym together to work-out for an hour each day (though this does work for some families, particularly if children are older). In fact, for most families, it is better not just to “set aside” time, but to incorporate activity naturally into the course of the day. How? Here are some tips:

family fitness swimming

Swimming

Our son started swimming classes at 6months and my daughter at 3yrs. The ‘black people water myth’ does not apply to my family. We absolutely love swimming. It is one of the activities that bring us together and could spend hours in the pool.

family fitness lunge walk

Lunge walking while Pokemon Hunting

The beauty of Pokemon go is that it disguises exercise. I was totally against the game in the beginning, considering all the negative publicity around it. To make sure I don’t miss out though, I decided to try it out with the kids. Our first hunt resulted in a 5km walk. Totally unplanned and unintended. This turned out to be the most brilliant game because it keeps us fit, and for safety reasons, mommy and daddy always tag along. It ended up being a family thing.

family fitness park fun

Fun at the Park

The park is so old school, yet so effective. It really doesn’t go out of style. Park equipment is free and each obstacle is a fitness exercise. Have you tried doing the gym monkey bars version? How hard is that? See how easy it is for kids. Therefore, the more they get used to it, the easier it will be for them in gym. This is a great upper body exercise. Start them young.

family fitness hiking

Hiking

Our hiking journey started when my daughter had to choose an activity for the chairman’s awards at school. So we thought hiking would be great especially because it’s a family bonding exercise. It really is so much more than that. We learned so much about each other. Nothing to bring you closer than the half way mark. You get time for an introspection. You learn on the type of person you become under stress. It gives you a chance to grow as a person and instilling great values in you kids.

  • Never give up.
  • Remain calm.
  • Be the cheerleader when everyone is down.
  • Take a break and regroup.
  • Enjoy the journey regardless of the hard times because it is all worth it at the end

family fitness playing ball

Playing ball

One very simple sport equipment that every household should have is a ball. A ball is extremely versatile and can be used anywhere. At home, by the beach, at the park, in the pool. There’s not a single child who doesn’t love running after a ball. It works on both upper and lower body strengthening, and you don’t have to rob a bank to own one.

PS. You don’t even have to be a pro at kicking, just do it. It is the least expensive way to have fun and enhance family fitness.

10 comments
  1. Oh I love this post! We also enjoy hiking a lot as a family activity – including the puppies most of the time. And that black people and water thing is totally outdated – you just have to see the school galas to know that it is fast becoming a myth.

    1. LOL about the myth. I’m glad we are not the only ones who hike. You and I are really two peas in a pod.

  2. We are that hiking family. My worry is when to introduce the kids. How hard was it to walk with them?

    1. At some point we had to put our son on daddy’s back. He did fairly well though, and he was actually the mascot always cheering us on.

  3. All of these are very practical. I always play soccer with our daughter but I never consider it exercise, I suppose it just too fun.

    1. lol, yes that true. But you are moving, therefore burning calories and keeping fit. Keep at it mommy.

  4. We are always looking for things to do with the kids, and all these are great ideas. You are right, fitness doesn’t really have to be gym.

    1. Start small so that you can monitor the situation. It’s easier when you start around home so if they act out, you can just retire for the day.

  5. You have such a beautiful family. How are you always so focused, I don’t have the strength to just take them out of the house. Too much work.

    1. lol, I push myself. We have stay in days though, where we are just couch potatoes for the day.

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