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Why Exercising & Playing With Your Kids Can Be So Amazing & Healthy


Most of us feel like we are doing well if we make time for daily exercise. But what happens if you add your kids to your exercise time?

You may still do long solo runs after work, or gym stints early a.m., but a couple times a week, or on weekends, you could explore exercising and playing with your kids. Take a look at what sports and games they like and see where the two of you could link up.

The possibilities are wide open and the chances for more one and one time are right there waiting.

Biking, running, working out on playground equipment, swimming, or court time all turn out to be great ways to spend time with your kids and keep every one fit. If your kids play soccer or basketball you might help with practice sessions. If they are beginning swimmers or interested in other water sports this could be a good time to take it further.

A long the way you may get a much better look at your child’s world, thoughts and feelings. You will also get everybody off of the couch and outside playing together.

Lifehack explored this idea recently and they suggested exercising with your kids is a great way to teach focus, patience and discipline. Whatever the game, kids learn how to show up on a regular schedule and hang in there. They also learn why food is really fuel, and eating healthy just makes sense for a winning performance.

Exercising with your kids can work as a push/pull tool.

On a day when you are burned out they are sure to be ready to roll, and as soon as you get out there with them you will be too. On a day when school has been a real drag for them, the one on one time out biking or hiking could be a great time for your child to vent a little, and for you to find out what really goes on in your child’s world.

Exercising with kids also gives them a chance to see you from a different angle. The two of you become a team fishing, sailing, hiking or biking, working and playing together.

Exercising together is also a great way to help your kids learn good posture, keep off weight, and find sports they may enjoy the rest of their lives.

I have seen moms and daughters and dads and sons enjoy a lifetime of healthy activity on tennis courts, golf courses and on the water, fishing, surfing or sailing.

The options are wide open. Just pick the ones that fit you and your children and take them out for a few test runs.

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