How to get fit as a family
What does actually mean to get fit as a family - There are a combination of lifestyle factors that will determine your level of health and fitness as a family, namely your diet and exercise regime.
Plan it -
Schedule your family workouts the best you can in advance. This way everyone will be ready for it.
On days that you can't exercise together, but you still have some time together, try to get everyone together in the kitchen to help prepare a healthy family meal.
It’s good for everyone -
“When we can share in an activity together, that’s more fun and more sustainable and more exciting,” says pediatric cardiologist Takeshi Tsuda.
Benefits of getting fit -
There are numerous health benefits to getting fit as a family, for both the parents and the children. These include improved sleep, and less stress.
Now, let’s take a look at the several options available, depending on your kids’ age.
Ages 0-1 -
Go for a stroll with your baby—and make it a brisk one. Believe it or not, this is not only beneficial for the parents, but also for the child.
Ages 2-5 -
At this age, you will find that kids want to explore the world around them; they will walk, run, climb, fall over—you name it.
Ages 6-10 -
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-intense physical activity per day for children in this age group.
Ages 6-10 -
This is also a great age range to go swimming as a family. And another great activity that can get you fit as a family is simply walking together.
Ages 11-13 -
As they grow older, children should continue to engage in activities they enjoy, and so should you. This is the time to get stronger, faster, and healthier together.
Ages 13+ -
If teenagers pick up exercise as part of their routines, they are more likely to stick to it for the rest of their lives.
The time is now -
Regardless of your children's age, it’s the perfect time to start eating better and getting active as a family. So don't hesitate—start now!