Staying Fit as a Family
By Randi Morse
It seems like everything is easier before you have kids. Trying to leave the house in the morning? No problem. Once you have kids, however, leaving the house in the morning becomes a 90-minute battle. Want to go on vacation? When you're single, going on vacation is as easy as choosing where you want to go and booking your reservation. With kids, however, there are a host of things you need to take into consideration before you book anything. Even staying fit is easier before you have children. Want to exercise? Simply go to the gym or for a long hike after work. Staying healthy and fit with children, especially when you have a busy schedule, can be much more difficult.
Schedule Your Time
Children thrive on routine, and if you make your daily workout part of your family's routine, they will eventually come to expect this workout time and may even begin to enjoy it. If you are planning on working out at a gym, make sure the gym has a daycare center attached to it.
It can be far too easy to spend your weekend hours simply relaxing, but it's a much better idea to be a good example for your children and be active on the weekends. You can even make your activity a daily family routine by going for long walks after dinner is over. If, like many families, you have an extremely busy week, use those weekend hours to get some exercise and family fun in your schedule.
As a parent, the idea of spending a vacation doing nothing but laying on a beach in front of the ocean sounds extremely appealing. But it might not be the best option for your family. Instead, try to plan vacations where your family can get out and be active. Book a campsite near a great hiking spot or, if you have older children, schedule a guided bike tour in a new city. You may only be vacationing for a few days but getting active in those days is not only great for your body, it's a way for your family to bond.
Finally, make sure that you eat meals together. In a perfect world you would be able to sit down at a table with your family every dinner time, but we don't live in a perfect world and quite often we are far too busy to sit down every dinner. Make it a point to sit down at least two to three times a week with your family around the dinner table. Not only will this help promote healthy eating, it also helps keep your family connected.
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