5 Tips for Staying Active With Kids and Family - by Amanda MacMillan Health.com
If you’ve got kids, of course you want to make sure they grow up fit and healthy. But you also know it’s hard to juggle work, family, and physical activity. Still,
setting a healthy example is a good start. So if you’re looking for ways to get your kids involved, check out these tips.
Plan Outdoor Activities
Set aside one day a weekend to do something active as a family: swimming in the summer, sledding or hiking in the winter, or biking in the spring and fall.
Taking along a picnic lunch—and splurging on some healthy snacks after a good workout—will help the day go by without a complaint.
Take Classes Together
Ask around at fitness clubs and community centers in your area about yoga or aerobics classes offered to parents and kids together. If your little one is too
young to participate, look for classes that help you burn calories with your baby by incorporating them into your yoga moves or pushing them along during
stroller workouts. No kids? Check out partner yoga or even doga—yup, yoga for you and your dog.
Redo Your Family Room
Too often, 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.
Set a time limit on weekly television viewing and incorporate these Skinny House essentials to keep your whole family moving.
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. 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.
Make Over Your Meal Plan
This isn’t necessarily a fitness tip, but it’s also worth mentioning: Families that eat healthier also tend to have other healthy habits, such as regular physical
kids to the farmers' market, 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.
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