This time of year we can often find it hard to get our fitness mojo back. It’s cold and often winter can make us simply want to hibernate! So here are some incentives and ideas that will make you and your kids want to jump up and put your trainers back on! Xmas may be just around the corner, but this time of year is as good as any to get started.
Get walking – one of the best exercises we can do is walk! Walking for me is the ultimate exercise because it engages nearly every muscle. Persuade your kids to walk to the shops, get off the bus a few stops early or walk to your friends and families house – by doing so you’ll burn off calories, increase your fitness, tone your legs, bum and tum all while enjoying the great outdoors.
Get Motivated With FaceBook – Everyone loves Facebook, so why not use it to your advantage and use it to create your own Fitness Challenge. This is a great way of getting you and your kids motivated and it’s totally free. Simply set up a group and set a weekly challenge for you and your kids and their friends – like walk to school four times a week. Once you have done your set challenge, let everyone know and ask them to record there’s too. The more in your group the more creative you can get. Why not set a challenge to walk from London to Paris? The total mileage is 218 Miles, so walk with your kids as many miles as you can each week and see how quickly as a group you can walk to Paris by accumulating your weekly walks. The miles will soon add up. You can plan your routes on nifty websites like www.walkingrouteplanner.co.uk or www.walkjogrun.net
Make a Date; Give your kids that extra push to get you going and book a one-off personal training (with me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) session? ask for a programme you can do at home together or in the park as well as a fitness test, then agree to book another session at the end of the month to re-do the results. This should give them enough motivation to do their weekly fitness sessions so they can be the teacher’s pet at the end of the month. You could also agree a wee shopping trip if their results improve or an extra hour on their playstation as a reward?!
Sign Up; Put your names down for a race or a challenge for a great cause. You can do Race for Life (raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org) or just a local 5k like Park Run – a free weekly 5k in you local park. You could also give your child a fitness journal and ask them to write and draw about how they felt during each training session. They will soon pick up some great tips along the way, which they can share with their friends or use it for motivation when they need an extra push. Reading back at how good they felt when exercising could give them a little push when they have lost their way a little.