Hopefully, with the help of Health Fitness Revolution’s articles, you’ve begun to incorporate healthy habits and new physical activities into your lifestyle. It’s important to take challenges in stride and you will start to notice positive changes in your body, your health, your life.
Now that you’ve changed some of your eating habits, have really started working out, and vowed to walk more – it’s time to find active hobbies that you AND your loved ones can enjoy!
You can help your family become more active, and find things to keep yourself motivated for years to come. Here are our Top 10 At-Home Workouts you can incorporate into your routine.
Physical Activities With The Family
If you’ve got kids, of course you want to make sure they grow up fit and healthy. We all know it’s hard to juggle work, family, and physical activities—for you alone, never mind for you and your kids. Setting a healthy example is a good start; research shows that parents who are physically active increase the likelihood that their kids will be active as well.
So plan a weekly activity that you can all do as a family. This could be a walk after Sunday dinner around the neighborhood, a bike ride, a picnic in a park where you have to walk a fair amount to your destination, a frisbee game, swimming in the summer.
Redo your family room! Oftentimes, family rooms are the center of laziness in a home: a comfy couch, a video-game console, a shelf full of DVDs, and nothing to encourage fitness or physical activity. There are ways to add in subtle reminders, however, without overhauling your entire room or dragging in a giant piece of workout equipment. Clear an area designated for working out and stretching – and leave the mat there are a reminder! Put a yoga ball or some light weights in the same area so it’s easily accessible to anyone wanting to workout.
Make chores fun! Instead of relegating each member of the family to doing separate chores by themselves, turn chores into a game you can all do together, as a team. Race to see how fast you can get the house cleaned, and then try to beat your old time the next week. Play music while you’re doing laundry, and enlist the kids to sing and dance while helping to fold and put clothes away. Take the dog for walks together, and squeeze in some running, roller-skating, or jump rope while you’re at it, they’re all great physical activities.
Make over your meal plan. Families that eat healthier also tend to have other healthy habits, such as regular physical activity. If you want to slim down after having a baby or just want to eat better overall, get the whole family involved and you’re more likely to succeed. Take kids to the local farmers market and let them pick their own fruits and vegetables, and involve them in the food preparation. They’re much more likely to enjoy their meals—and to clean their plates.
Try incorporating all these tips into your daily life and stay healthy!