I recently received an email from a client of mine titled: “Asking the Fitness Expert”. My Northern Virginia personal training client was looking for exercise and fitness related activity ideas for a co-worker to do with her children.
What I responded with I later realized would be great to share with all parents. Here are some quick and easy ideas that you can start to implement with your family today. Remember like anything, consistency is key.
In general I love family activities like getting the kids to go on bike rides as a family and in the nicer months taking them to a playground and creating an obstacle course using the equipment. You can even set up little races around the park or play tag with the kids and incorporate pushups off the jungle gym.
I also make my kids walk the dog with me and on days they complain too much I might push my daughter for a bit in the stroller for an extra workout on my part. It takes time for the little ones to build up their endurance but they eventually do!
My kids complained a lot in the beginning, but little by little they built up to quite a long walk with little to no complaints. Often the kids ride on their scooters while I walk or jog the dog. The entire family benefits from the fresh outdoor air and we get our exercise in together.
Another fun thing we do that is bonding and active is to have dance parties at night. We turn the music on and each of us gets to pick our 2-3 favorite songs and dance our hearts out. Don’t kid yourself, you really work up a sweat and have a great time while you’re at it.