Last week, we looked at activities to get you and your family moving, together.
Keeping fit as a family has many benefits beyond good health: it’s together-time, well spent; it’s a way to learn about the importance and benefits of active living; it builds confidence and trust; it encourages open communication; and it creates fun times the whole family will look forward to and appreciate. Consider trying some of these ideas with your family!
Start a Step Challenge
Pick up pedometers for each family member; you can find them at drugstores, sport stores and online for as little as $10. (You can spend more, but really don’t need to.) Set a daily challenge — the recommendation is 10,000 steps a day — keep a log and choose a weekly winner based on best weekly average or most weekly steps. Make it fun for the kids by allocating prizes, anything from an actual prize/gift to an outing or special treat, to getting to pick a video title for family movie night or getting a day off chores. Remember to reach the goals together and, when you can’t be all together, in the spirit of support and collaboration: go for strolls as a group, encourage each other to use stairs instead of elevators and to walk instead of drive, opt for active route detours, take Fido out for an extra walk, etc. Basically, have fun with it, and get creative with your strategy and prizing.
Get Up and Dance!
Put on your dancing shoes and learn some new moves or just rock out to some of your favourite tunes. Take lessons in ballroom, folk dance, hip hop, line dancing, ballet, etc. You possibly might think that young boys may not like it, but you may be very surprised (plus, they will thank you later, when their girlfriends want to go dancing). Create your own dance competition. Alone or in teams, choreograph a routine and then present it to each other. Choose from different styles and learn about their origin.
Follow some cardio-dance DVDs or find some classes at a gym or community centre.
Putt, Drive & Golf
Aficionados of “the beautiful game” will be pleased to hear that there are golfing options for the entire family. Play a round of mini putt with your little and big kids. Teach them to golf at a driving range, or head out to a public course for a 9- or 18-hole round. If you choose to play a course, get extra exercise by leaving the golf cart behind and walking from hole to hole. Your kids will grow up ready to golf and schmooze in the business world.
No matter how busy life gets, put aside some time for your family and make the most of it by being active together. We’d love to hear what you are already doing to stay active with your family. Let us know in the comments section below!
Katya Mohsen is a personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in fitness and sports training. Catch her practical fitness advice Thursdays on Slice.ca.