Have you considered or thought about how great it would be if you could include your whole family in the pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family can not only improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, but it also will help to develop stronger connections emotionally.
How to Get Started
First, decide what level of participation your family is ready for. If its a struggle to get your family to do anything, starting out small will be good.
A few ideas to get your family focused on fitness:
- Combine exercises and household chores. On a small piece of paper, write down chores and body weight exercises. Throw the papers into a hat and have each family member pull one out. Mix this up with yard work, seasonal chores, and even some aerobic exerices like jump rope.
- Hire a personal trainer to design a program for each family member based on their individual needs, and then workout together.
- Have each member of the family pick an exercise at the beginning of the week and then do as many reps as you can throughout the week.
- Designate one evening a week as family fitness night. Each week, a different person designs the family workout that you will all do together.
- Buy small pieces of equipment to keep around the house. Then make some fitness rules: exercise during commercials; stretch each night before bed.
- Each week measure your fitness level to determine each families overal fitness average. Add each person’s own calculation of their level of fitness for the week; zero meaning they did nothing, and 7 meaning they exercised daily. Divide the total by the number of family members. Set a goal to average at least a 5-6 each week, rewarding family if its met.
Most importantly, make sure it is fun for everyone. With this, you will teach your children about discipline, goal setting, and the importance of not only health, but family connection.