Top 4 Ways to Keep Your Family Active

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    Top 4 Ways to Keep Your Family Active

    Keeping your kids active in an era of smartphones, tablets and consoles isn’t easy, however, where there is will, there is always a way. Keep in mind, however, that while kids react positively to challenges, they aren’t that keen on things that simply make them exhausted or that are hard to do with no apparent gain. This is why you need to find a way to conceal these fitness efforts and turn them into either play or a family tradition. With this in mind, here are four great ideas for you to keep your family active.

    1.      Going for a walk

    In order to stay active, you don’t have to go running or hit the gym. All that it takes for one to stay fit is a healthy menu and a nice walk before or after a meal. So, why not turn this into a family activity? Furthermore, there are so many fun games you can include like a don’t-step-on-the-line, spot-a-cat or the-first-one-to-see-a-red-car. Enhancing your walks this way can make your kids so enthusiastic about them that they might even goad you into walking even if you or your partner get a bit lazy over time.

    2.      Gamify household chores

    In the previous section, we went to lengths to discuss just how important it is to walk after a meal. When you are on the move, your organism is distributing calories it has just consumed and in this way helps you be both fit and energized. So, why not use this further to your advantage by gamifying household chores after your Sunday meal as a family. The best way to do so is to set certain parameters of competition, other than time, seeing as how this will only make your kids rush with their chores. You can divide these chores by preferences or even pull them out of a hat. The latter method will help keep this as interesting as possible while keeping the system fair.

    3.      Exercise together

    What better way is there to help your kids develop a fondness for the idea of fitness than to start working out together. Set a great role-model by getting yourself simple yet stylish weightlifting clothes and even go as far as to dress them up for the occasion, as well. Each of the household members gets their own program but what matters the most is that you are all doing it together as a family. It goes without saying that cranking up some music might help the mood quite a bit and the creation of this soundtrack can be yet another fun activity for the entire family.

    4.      Walking the dog

    Finally, one of the best ways to keep your kids active while turning them into more responsible people at the same time can be achieved by getting them a dog. Not only are dog-owners much less likely to develop a bodyweight problem but also experience a lot less heart-related issues. This is due to the fact that even when not walking, dogs have a way of keeping you active. Aside from this, through caring about the dog, your kids are also more likely to become both more responsible (something we already mentioned) and empathetic (which is always a plus).

    Conclusion

    While there are other great ideas out there, what sets these four apart is the fact that they are both incredibly fun and easy to stick to. As we mentioned earlier, they make your household members embrace them so passionately, that they will keep motivating each other, should some individuals start faltering in will. In time, your kids will start embracing these healthy habits as a way of life and won’t give up on them even as they grow older. A family that exercises together stays together.

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    Written by Jenson Phillips

    Hi, I'm Jenson. Father of two and living with OCD, read my musings on coping with both and maybe pick up some advice for yourself.