Achieving fitness goals comes with inner discipline and motivation. And when one family member works hard to achieve these goals and others don’t participate, it can be challenging for them to understand the primary objectives. By encouraging and promoting family fitness habits, you set everyone up for success, regardless of the activity. Here are some unique ideas to get everyone involved.
Invest in Seasonal Lessons
When you live in a climate that experiences dramatic seasonal changes, it can be challenging to create family fitness habits that offer fun and wellness. During these changes, particularly in the winter, consider investing in seasonal sports lessons for the whole family.
Lessons are a unique way for everyone to participate in a new winter sport or activity and explore all the possibilities that each season has to offer. Playing outdoors in the summer is easy, but these seasonal lessons can spark new interests during the winter.
Take Up Walking Adventures
What’s unique about walking adventures is you can do them in any location for any length of time, and they provide numerous health benefits. These are great for strolls through the neighborhood or a local park.
Add an element of fun by asking each family member to collect something along the way. After the walk, ask everyone to share their collections to see what they found. This will create a bonding experience for the family and will keep everyone grounded in the present moment.
Competitive Commercial Breaks
There will come times when going outside isn’t feasible, and it’s easier to keep the family indoors. You may feel that your children lack physical movement or notice an increased amount of tension.
Consider allowing them to watch television as they wish if this keeps the peace, but try to create a little family competition during commercial breaks. Who can do the most pushups? Who can fold the most laundry? Incentivize the activities to ensure they’re appealing but mix up the activity levels to create traction.
Family Bike Nights
Invest in a suitable-sized bike for every family member and head out for a leisure ride. If you can commit to a few rides a week, this will give everyone in the family an opportunity to lead the pack, learn a new skill, and get some much-needed fresh air. You can continue these rides through the winter if there isn’t any snow or ice on your route.
Regardless of age and headcount, promoting fun, functional fitness habits as a family is beneficial. The bonding experience and movement will leave lifelong imprints on impressionable minds.