Exercises the Entire Family Can Enjoy Together
Families That Play Together Stay Fit Together
Ensure your kids get on the right path to physical fitness and health.
Roughly 20 percent of children aged 6-19 are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, the World Health Organization reports there are 22 million children under the age of five who are overweight worldwide and the number of overweight adolescents has tripled since 1980.
These numbers are … well, concerning.
Summer is an especially good time to get your family on an exercise regimen. Warm weather and a break from school means the possibilities for physical activity are plentiful. To keep your family from becoming a statistic, get the kids on the right path to physical fitness and health. Here’s some help making it a priority for your family.
If your child is involved in sports like baseball or basketball, make a point to get outside and practice. This will help their game, both of your activity levels and provide some quality time together.
If your child doesn’t play sports at school, get out and play catch, jog, go for a brisk walk or shoot some hoops. It’s not about being great at the sport, but rather, enjoying yourselves and getting your heart pumping. Additionally, your child may find that they like a new sport they had never thought of playing before.
Just too hot during the day? If you live in a safe area, go for a family moonwalk. Once it’s dark and the stars are out, walk around the block together. Watch for shooting stars, talk to the man on the moon or find constellations. The younger kiddos will be enamored by the night sky. They’ll also be tired once you reach home.
Have a Dance Party
Science shows that dancing is good for us — from an endorphin boost and better sleep to an improvement in overall happiness. Research also indicates a mental and emotional benefit to dancing too, particularly related to depression. One study even found that dancing benefited individuals with Parkinson’s disease, reducing their mood disturbances and anger.
Crank up some Beyonce in your living room and have a little dance off together. This will burn calories, alleviate stress and will make you all laugh together too.
Do Household Chores
No one enjoys cleaning the house. But when done together as a family, chores can be more tolerable, not to mention good for the body. Dedicating an afternoon to cleaning up the house and yard together is a great way to accomplish things quickly and also provide much needed physical activity. Did you know that washing floors can burn as many as 187 calories in a half hour?
On a hot afternoon, pull into the driveway and wash the car with the family. Washing the car burns 153 calories in just a half hour. Reaching the roof, scrubbing the tires, squeezing the windows. With kids, there’s bound to be splashing and water fights and running away from siblings with the hose. They’ll be worn out by the end of it and won’t even know they’ve been exercising!
Join a Gym as a Family
Join a gym together to support a healthy lifestyle. 24 Hour Fitness offers a wide variety of cardio and strength-training machines, studio classes like yoga, Regeneration, indoor cycling and Pilates that you can participate in as a family. Classes are a great way to mix up fitness routines and focus on health and wellness.
If you’ve got young ones you’d like to bring along, babysitting services are available at many locations. Though too young to dip into classes, they’re never too young to see mom and dad make fitness a priority. Set a good example early on.
With a little creativity and the willingness to try something new, you’re sure to find the right fit to keep your family active and strong.