Chuck, a guy in my fitness boot camp, is leading his family toward a life of health and happiness. He used to run and stopped for quite some time. Following the 2012 holiday season Chuck joined our boot camp. He has lost 11 pounds, ran 5 miles, and most importantly is embracing fitness with his family.
He has an 11 year old daughter. (She came to the 5:00 AM boot camp to "see what daddy does"...and she worked out- Awesome!) He and his daughter began their Saturday morning jogs shortly after he started exercising again.
They jog 5 minutes, walk 2 minutes, and repeat until they reach Starbucks where this sit, talk, and then make the return trip home. Recently they added strength training into the mix. When they switch from jog to walk they do push ups, squats, or whatever else he or his daughter think up. Chuck has even laid out the vision for his daughter of how cool would it be if when she is on her own and he comes to visit they can go run together through her city.
We are wired for physical activity, especially kids. I am not saying you should all start running and strength training with your children. Find something age appropriate:
- Bike rides- The kids can ride while you jog or the whole family can ride together. Remember a helmet.
- Playgrounds- Play tag with the kids on the playground. They can traverse the obstacles while you chase them on the ground, or better yet chase them up there as well.
- Driveway basketball- My dad, brother, and I used to play basketball in the driveway. It was awesome! We used to BEG my dad to play. I think we would've played every night if we could and I don't ever remember him saying no. We played from 9 & 5 years old until 20 and 16 years old. Who am I kidding we STILL play every Christmas with the uncles and cousins. We even have a picture of my now wife playing basketball in the driveway with my dad, brother, and me.
- Walk- It can even be as simple as a walk and talk through the neighborhood.
AND MANY MORE.....
Fitness can be a common goal or bond that unites a family. Find something to active enjoy and share it with your family.
What does your family do to stay fit?
Please share so we can post ideas for all to see