When you’re trying to work out and get fit yourself it’s easy to just go and do what needs to get done, but living healthier is going to influence your mindset and outlook which will make you want to get your family involved (which might not be the easiest thing to do!). While most people are generally supportive of trying to get fit that doesn’t always mean they feel like they need to or they simply might not want to go and do exercise themselves when they could be lounging at home watching TV. Well don’t let that get you down, all you need to do is find some fun and creative ways to get everyone up and on their feet with you!
The easiest way to get someone to do what you want is to reward them for their good behavior. That might sound a little bit like training an animal, but when you really think about it that applies to people too. When you’re planning your exercise schedule, try to plan a big family reward if everyone manages to make all of your walking sessions with you. Of course you should make sure that it’s going to be during a time that everyone is free, so keep everyone’s school and work schedules in mind. If everyone reaches the family exercise goal, reward yourselves with something fun like a trip to somewhere exciting.
Speaking of going on a trip, that’s another great way to get everyone excited about walking! If you plan for your walks to be somewhere fun and exciting, your family will be excited to share that experience with you. Maybe plan to take some time out to visit the beach or look for a local hiking trail that has some good distance to it. You can even take a trip to a nearby city and go to see the sights together, just make sure that you plan a good walking route between your stops so you’re not missing out on your exercise!
The key to getting your family involved in your exercise mainly comes from finding a way to make it enjoyable, especially if they’re not as worried about losing weight or staying fit like you are. Turning your walks into a fun family activity or having a reward at the end of the journey are both fantastic ways to get everyone up and out on their feet without making it feel like just doing work to burn calories.