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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.