We all want to be fit and healthy. But the reality is with all the day-to-day things that come with adulthood and parenting finding time to exercise is often easier said than done. We get it; it's hard, a chore. But the best thing we can do for ourselves and our families is to commit to living the healthiest life possible, and teach our children to do the same.
Get your family to exercise more by making it fun. 5 parenting tips.
Many of us think of exercise as a chore; something that takes away time from doing what we love with those we love. The truth is, exercise doesn't have to be a chore or take place away from your loved ones. In fact, incorporating your loved ones into your exercise routine is the best thing you can do.
1. Remember to play.
Exercise doesn't have to be boring, nor does it have to be found at the gym. You can have just as much fun and get just as much exercise when you play outside, even if it's in the backyard. Pick up a frisbee or just kick the soccer ball around, either will get you racing back and forth pretty quickly.
2. Take it to the park.
Plan to spend a day at the park engaging in softball, volleyball or rugby with your partner and kids. Think you don't have enough players, grab a kite and run with it!
3. Dance, Dance, Dance!
You can get your heart rate up while getting work around the house done and enjoying your loved ones. Try cranking up a playlist of your favorite songs and let your family dance and clean. Everyone gets to be incredibly productive and get some much-needed exercise. It's a win-win! (Note: This is especially good when the kids are out of school.)
4. Add it to your wish list.
Rather than adding another to-do to the already packed calendar make it something you wish for and share with others by using a modern mobile reward chart app. Making others aware of what you want (in this case to exercise) invites others to support you in making that happen.
5. Then make it routine.
Not routine boring, routine fun. The main reason exercise doesn't seem fun, at first, is because it's not part of our routine. When something is new, or we are out of practice, it feels awkward. The only way to change that is to practice, practice, practice.