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How to Make Fitness a Family Habit

By Sandy Schroeder

Sometimes fitness can become a solo situation with walks in the morning, or workouts at the end of the day. Including kids in your walks or working out with them at the park could be a win for everyone. Schedules may not always make it possible, but when it does, fitness could reach a lot of good levels.

Walking with your kids could add some one-on-one time to the day. You may find out all sorts of things about their day, and learn more about their thoughts.

Here are some more ways to keep moving from

Learn a new sport with your child – Take a class together and learn how to surf, kayak, golf or play tennis.

Have a weekly sports night – Do a weekly game night with your family It could be hoops on the driveway or a soccer game at the park.

Walk or run for charity – Check into the local events in your community and make it a family affair. If this proves to be a favorite you might find yourself in training for lots of events.

Do after dinner walks – Walk the dog or walk around the neighborhood or to the park. If it works, extend walks to run errands and stop for ice cream.

Do a wilderness walk – Find out what’s available in your area that fits your family. Some walks are especially scaled for younger kids or special interest groups.

Camp out on the weekend – Keep it low key, but make time for some hikes. You will have gotten plenty of exercise by the time you pitch a tent, lug in all of the gear, and cook a few meals over a campfire.

Do garden or lawn work – Cleaning up the yard or trimming bushes and planting for the winter can be a great weekend project.

Try family biking – If the age groups work you may do a family bike run to the park complete with picnic or barbecue. If you have young children you might be able to do a mom and dad ride with a bike trailer. Do some research to get the latest information and safety tips.

Stay fit with music – Invite a few friends and clear space in the family room to let everyone dance to their favorites.

Make yoga a family event – If your community offers yoga for kids you might give it a try and then follow up with some mat time at home.

Whatever works to keep you and your family active may be well worth the effort. Keep looking for the ones that please you to make them traditions.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monrovia, Calif.

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