Make Family Life Better: Exercise Together!Aug 22, 2018
Your kids have probably been your motivation to stay fit and healthy. Why not exercise together? Here are 5 ways to integrate family exercise into the busyness of life!
Healthy Kids Make for a Healthy You
You know how great exercising makes you feel, so why not share the love? Whether you have toddlers, tweens or teens, research indicates children NEED exercise. Exercise will boost your child’s self-esteem, reduce their risk for obesity and build healthy bones.
Kids don’t know how damaging it can be to spend too much time in front of the TV. YOU DO! Teach them to put down the control and pick up a basketball!
The best way to foster a love for exercise, is to do it together. Let them see your joy in working up a good sweat and they will learn to love exercise, too. This will set your kids up for healthier lives!
Haven’t you noticed an adorable trend on Instagram? More moms are working out with their toddlers! What’s cuter than a toddler with their own (weight appropriate) bar bell?!
Important Note: Don’t force your kids to exercise. Forcing them to exercise, or pushing them to overachieve, is harmful. A little encouragement or parental veto is fine. Just don’t take it too far.
Top 5 Ways to Exercise Together:
1. Take It Outside
Summer will be here soon. Plan to spend your afternoons and weekends outside. Running, biking, and swimming are great family activities. Get that Vitamin D BOOST!
2. Take Your Older Kids To the Gym
Dads, I know, the weight bench is your turf, but be willing to let your teens/tweens teach you a thing or two. Even though you’re most likely gym experts, letting them give you pointers is good for their morale.
3. Play Together!
It doesn’t matter what age your kids are, play together. Get out the football, soccer ball, or bouncy ball and have some active fun.
4. Go for an Adventure!
Take your kids on an excursion to the ocean, go mountain climbing, kayaking or even go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood. Make it fun, and make it active! Turn off the TV and work up a sweat!
5. Afternoon Stretches
Your morning is probably too hectic for family stretching, so make it a tradition to do stretches when everyone gets home from work and school. Do a pre-dinner stretch to ditch the stress of the day.
Delicious Tip: As an active family, make sure you and your kids are getting the protein and nutrients you need. Power up together by putting a few scoops of V Pro Vegan Protein into smoothies! Your kids will have no idea they’re eating their veggies and protein…and loving it!
How do you #makelifebetter for your family? Getting the kids off video games and more active is nothing short of a miracle…share with us your secrets! Tag your photos to clue the rest of us in on all your creative family activities!