This year, make sure your New Year’s fitness resolution includes your kids. Doing so could make working out and losing weight a lot more fun!
Top get them and you in the swing of things, my advice is to engage them with fun things and even make exercise a little unusual to get them excited about working out.
For example, if you say, we’re going to take the kids out for a walk this evening, most kids are going to say, ‘Wait, we have to leave the playstation?” so you need to make the activity fun while making it something that is sports-oriented or game-oriented!
Children need at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity, including muscle-strengthening exercises. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. See the lights. Around Christmas and Halloween, there are plenty of interesting light displays to see in your neighbourhood – go to the areas that can’t be seen from the road and surprise them.
2. Aim for two to three activities a week, tol help you reach your daily fitness goal of 30 minutes of moderate activity five times a week.
3. Walk to school. That burst of activity in the morning can change their day and boost their concentration levels!
4. Replace pizza and a movie night with family fitness night at least once a month.Have a match using the Wii, do a dance off using a Zumba DVD or play golf, by putting the ball in a teacup. Get the kids excited about it.
5. Check out the fitness attractions your city offers. How about Kid’s bootcamp classes like mine or a running group or rock-climbing?
6. Make a fitness wish list with the kids. Write down every physical activity they’d like to do, and let them choose a few every month.
7. Play like a kid. A half-hour of IT, British ball dog or Traffic Lights is good exercise for you and your children. Ask them to teach you a new game that they might play at school!
8. Take it outside. Go to a park or nature preserve and climb muddy hills, climb over stilies or feed the horses carrots in the local field.
9. Make eating out or after-dinner treats a physical activity. Walk to the restaurant or shop from home
10. Join a running club or event like Park Run, or a netball or football group. They all offer opportunities for you and your kids to have fun getting fit.