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Fitness For The Entire Family

By Marc

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When you are creating fitness goals, it is important to remember to include your children. Their health is important and is often a reflection on how you approach food and exercise. It is likely that they need to make changes along with you.

A simple way to begin is to plan regular family walks together. Instead of sitting around eating junk food and watching the television, get out and breathe the fresh air. Walk around the neighborhood and notice the gardens. Everyone can use this time to talk about their dreams or desires or to share something fun from their day. It can be a great way to increase the fitness level of the whole family and to grow closer in the process.

Find physical activities that the entire family can enjoy together. This may be taking hikes together or visiting the local swimming pool. Look around your community for what is available that everyone can do together. You might all enjoy a martial arts course. Even though the kids would be in a different class than the adults, it would provide great exercise and a common bond.

You can also investigate if there are sports in the area that your children would enjoy. See if there are teams or clubs that pique their interest. Remember, though, not to force your child into an activity in which they show no interest. You will only create frustration and disappointment.

Before you make your kids tackle their homework, encourage them to get in some physical activity. By allowing them some time to play ball or run around the yard, they will release tension and get their blood flowing. They are more likely to complete their homework after having enjoyed a satisfactory break.

One other activity that the family can enjoy together is walking to nearby venues. If the store or the library is within walking distance, use your feet instead of your car. It is a great way to reduce dependency on your vehicle while spending time with your family. Look for other places that are close enough to walk to as well.

By becoming more active as a family, you are teaching your children skills that will last a lifetime. You can also grow closer together as you all become more physically fit. Your children will appreciate the benefits of having a healthier lifestyle and the additional time spent together. You truly can make health a family affair.

Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Fitness Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance. I help busy men and women get thin, burn fat, add lean muscle and help them become more energetic and confident.

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