Walk the Talk
Instead of always heading in the car, why not walk to more places? It could be dependant on where you live as to how much you can get out about and walk. If you have stores you can walk to then you should walk instead of drive. If you are quite close to school but you still drive, why not walk some of the time? Even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind, just having a family walk will be good for everyone. Our children follow our examples. If they always see us using the car, they will always just use the car. If you or your kids have an injury, it could prevent you from walking too far. So it might be a good idea to have a sports physical exam before you start a new walking or exercise program.
A Little Every Day
Doing a little exercise every day is better for you than only doing one or two long sessions a week. So think about small things that you can do daily. It could be waking up 15 minutes earlier, to do some yoga or stretches with your children. It will wake them up and help them feel energized for the day. You could have a walk after dinner or some cycling outside before bedtime. Don’t think that you have to set aside hours and hours. Ten minutes a few times a day is a great way to do it.
It might be a fun idea to set aside some time, perhaps at the weekend when you have time for sport and games. It could be that you all decide to try something new, like a sport none of you have ever played. It could be that you have a ‘mini-Olympics’ in the yard. It could be that you go swimming as a treat. It is a good idea to mark something like this in the calendar. Otherwise, it just won’t happen.
If your family likes to be a little competitive, it might be a fun idea to set challenges. It could be who can do ten jumping jacks in a certain time, or who can cycle over to grandma's house. Think about making the challenges fair for all the ages of your children, though. Then you can all get involved and have lots of fun.
This post contains suggestions that are not meant to be medical advice.
Consult your doctor or medical professional before starting any exercise program.
This is a collaborative post written by a contributing writer.