One of the most important things you can do when trying to get fit is to find a place where you can get real and effective exercise. For some that can be as simple as jamming out on an MP3 player in your living room or working out to a DVD, while others may need a more formal place that they can spend their “exercise time” like a gym. When you’re trying to get fit and healthy as a family, finding a way or place that everyone can have fun and be active can be an integral part of actually becoming healthier and reaching your fitness goals.
When looking for somewhere to exercise, it’s important to look at a few different things like everyone’s age, their level of fitness, and their personal interests. You don’t want to get into an activity that everyone but one of you enjoys because if you’re not enjoying yourself you’re less likely to actually pursue getting fit and could eventually give up on your goals. When deciding what you want to do, do it as a family and include everyone in the decision making process.
As far as what you can do for exercise, your options are nearly limitless! For starters you could try heading to your local gym. Many gyms and fitness centers have family packages and options for getting everyone, even kids, involved in and excited about fitness. Adults can utilize exercise equipment while kids get time to be active with an instructor in a group. Try calling ahead or doing some research online about the gyms and fitness centers in your area.
Another great option for getting active as a family is enrolling in a local sports group, activity, or class together. Pick something everyone is going to enjoy and will have fun with! One option is getting the family involved in a martial arts class which is not only good for physical fitness, but mental discipline and also helps teach self-defense! You could also check local rec and family centers for classes and sports groups that get the whole family involved. Having somewhere everyone can play and be active together turns getting fit into a fun family activity to look forward to every week!
Even if you don’t want to do anything structured like a group or class, you could just plan to go somewhere local like a hiking or walking trail and get out to enjoy nature together. The internet is a wonderful resource for finding all kinds of fitness related activities for your family with just a few keystrokes. So if your family is looking for a way to get healthy together, get out there and find something that you’ll all enjoy!