Sweep Those Cobwebs Out of Your Boring Routines
By Donna Kostiew
Spring is a time of year that is filled with energy. Nature seems to wake up, homes get cleaned out, and people venture from the inside of their houses to the outside, shaking away that cabin-fever. It’s a time of movement, freshness, and all things new. So as easy as it is to discard those layers of winter clothes, let’s discard the bad habits that settled in with us during the long cold months of winter.
The weather is perfect, or near perfect now, so use this time to find active hobbies that you and your family can enjoy together. You can help your family become more active and find things to keep everyone motivated by simply incorporating some fresh new ideas for exercise.
Physical Activities with the Family
Every one of us wants to make sure that the members of our family are fit and healthy, yet we all know how difficult it is to juggle work, family, school, and activities. It is going to take some extra time and commitment, but the end result of better health and wellness for all is worth it. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate some “freshness” into your routines.
- Weekly activity - Plan a weekly activity that you can all do as a family. This could be a weekend hike, a bike ride, a pick-up game of basketball, or a day at the pool once the weather gets warm enough. If you need to motivate your children, find an app that gets you moving, like geocaching does!
- Rearrange your family room - While fluffing the sofa cushions and spring cleaning your family room, consider rearranging it to limit any leftover laziness. No, I don’t mean to get rid of the sofa, and yes, you can keep the television and video game set, but add in subtle clues to remind your family that exercise is important. Make room for a yoga mat and leave it there for stretching or crunches during commercials, purchase a stability ball and leave it out for use when the television is on, or place some light weights along the wall for some quick workouts.
- Redefine the chore chart - Chores don’t have to be a “chore” if they are challenging and fun. Instead of strict, boring chores that each child has to do alone, turn them into a game. I have found great success when I hand a chore list to my children and between each chore was a silly little “obstacle” they had to do before going on to the next. Make your bed, dance to your favorite song, dust your nightstand, eat a piece of licorice, vacuum your floor, throw the Frisbee to the dog five times … you get the point. The point is that coming up with new ideas for old routines is a great way to “sweep the cobwebs” from their brains.
It isn’t hard to incorporate new ideas into your daily life. Your family will stay interested and motivated, but more importantly, will stay healthy!
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