How to Keep Your Whole Family More Active
By Genevieve Cunningham
Once upon a time, being active was a no-brainer. There wasn’t as much television, computer time, or video games. There was much more outdoor play and community involvement. And this made it easy to keep everyone in the family active and engaged in life. But now? Everyone has a Netflix account and a personal device. While there are certainly some good aspects of technology, it makes it much more difficult to keep your family active. If you need some tips for getting your family active and healthy in today’s technological world, take a look at these suggestions.
Join a Family Gym
Some gyms target adults. They’re open all hours of the night, have plenty of weight sets and classes, and even offer showers and lockers. But they have little in the way of kid fitness or assistance. While this might be perfect for some people, it’s likely not ideal for those who desire whole family fitness. If this is you, try joining a family friendly gym. These gyms have plenty of activities for adults, but they also offer kid classes and sports, nurseries for little ones, and equipment targeted at the younger generation. Joining a gym like this gets your whole family involved together, which promotes wellness and activity for everyone.
Turn Off the Television
Don’t forget that the parents get the say in the home. If you want your kids to be active, try setting limits on the TV. This also includes the computer, video games, and other activities that require little more than sitting. Instead, get outside with your kids or help them find an active way to pass the time. Be prepared, this will almost surely cause groans in the beginning. But as your family becomes accustomed to the new way of life, everyone will find ways to pass their time that have nothing to do with electronics.
Get Involved and Support Each Other
One of the best ways to encourage family activity and wellness is by supporting each other. Everyone can find their own active hobbies. Maybe mom wants to run, dad wants to bike, and junior wants to play soccer. Cheer mom on at the local 5K, join dad on an occasional ride, and show up at junior’s practices and games. The more everyone supports each other, the more important staying active becomes, and the more likely everyone is to keep up the hard work.
An active family is generally a healthier family. And in many cases, they’re also much happier. Use these tips to get your whole family moving. Over a little time, you may find that your family has gone from couch potato to involved, active, and happier than ever before.
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