A common new year’s resolution for adults is beginning a regular exercise routine or increasing the amount of weekly exercise. At the beginning of this new year of 2019, please consider exercising together as a family. Not only will this promote a healthier family lifestyle, but it will also build many fond memories.
I know that you may think that finding time for just you to exercise is difficult, but including your children in exercise routines can be much easier than you may initially think. There are many articles online about adults and children exercising together. Some of these articles are listed at the end of this blog post to help you. What is important is planning.
What would you like to do for physical activity and exercise? Prepare a routine for different days of the week and seek your children’s input. Some exercises can be done inside at your home or gym, while others, outside, depending on the weather. Also, some family exercise activities will require spending money, such as buying bikes or special sports equipment, while others will simply require you and your children to put on sneakers, pack some water, and walk out your front door. It’s up to you to decide what you would like to do.
One online article has excellent tips on family walks and how to prevent children from complaining and whining. The key is to plan out your walk and make sure that you take time to enjoy what is happening around you, especially in nature, and talking with your children.
If biking together is what you would like to do, plan out the route to take from your home and back. Many communities have bike paths to encourage biking fun. Be creative. On a weekend or holiday, add a picnic in the park too.
The list of family exercise activities is long. Your children will love spending time with you and you will enjoy spending time with them. And, everyone is developing an important habit of exercising. To me, that is a win-win scenario for everyone!
Here are some websites that provide a wealth of information to help you with this new year’s resolution: