Family Fitness: Get Moving as a FamilyMelanie Tawil
My family’s health is at the top of my priority list. By setting the basic foundations of life, parents are the number one source affecting the way children feel about living a healthy lifestyle. It is important that families make time to exercise together so that it becomes part of their routine. Family fitness does not have to be very time-consuming or complex; it can be fun and creative. With the cooler months approaching this is a great time to head outdoors with your family. Here are some simple suggestions to help your family get fit together.
I’m sure you have a hula hoop lying around, if not they are only a couple dollars. Hooping is a complete core workout and a full-body workout. It improves the spine’s strength, flexibility, and hand-eye coordination. You can burn 400 calories per hour according to the American Council on Exercise.
Practicing yoga as a family has been shown to reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and lead to healthier lives because of it. It takes just a little planning to create the opportunity for your family to come together and practice the techniques of relaxation, flexibility, coordination, and strength that yoga encompasses.
Children love cycling – it’s fast and fun, and gives them freedom and independence to get around. And you don’t need to wait until your kids are old enough to ride themselves to start enjoying the benefits of cycling as a family. Don’t stop at your immediate family – cycling spans the generations. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages, so grandparents can get involved too. It’s easier to learn to cycle when you’re young and it’s a life skill that your kids will have forever.
Whatever sport your children are into getting outside and practice with them. Kick a soccer ball around, throw a baseball or practice sprints. Playing a few games of basketball are a few ways to keep fit. Those are just a few options!
What piece of exercise equipment sells for under $20, fits into a briefcase, can be used by the whole family, and improves cardiovascular fitness while toning muscle at the same time? A jump rope! Jumping at a very moderate rate burns 10 to 16 calories a minute.