Many of my readers are probably parents with their own families.
Whether you are a mum, a dad, an aunt, or a grandparent, staying fit as a family helps instill healthy habits, especially if you start exercising with children early on.
While there are many schools have outdoor play equipment for the children, it is sometimes not enough.
You should certainly bring your children to the park playground too, or build a playground of your own if you have the space and the money for it.
Playgrounds are perfect for keeping very young children fit and healthy, especially since toddlers and young children should not yet participate in more physically demanding activities.
Now, while frolicking in a playground is often enough exercise for your young child, older children may need a bit more coaxing in order to stay fit, especially if they already have access to television and and computers.
To stay fit as a family, you can try the following steps to make sure that everyone is keeping healthy.
Prepare healthy meals for the whole family
As a family, it is important to eat together. Eating together helps strengthen the bond between parent and child and also prevent overeating.
You should always take it a step further by preparing healthy meals for your family, making sure to add just the right amount of fibre, protein, and vegetables.
Look up healthy recipes online or in cook books, and portion foods up on a plate.
You may need to limit the food intake of each family member based on their weight, so make sure that you prepare food according to their caloric requirements.
When going out, prepare healthy lunch boxes, especially for your children when they leave for school.
Walk or bike together
Walking or biking is a great activity for young and old alike. Young children may not be ready to walk or bike very long distances, so it is best that you start out small.
Start by walking around the park at a leisurely pace, eventually increasing the speed and the distance as your children learn to keep up.
Make sure that your child is always fully hydrated, and that you provide hats and sunscreen to protect them from the harsh rays of the sun.
Bring a water bottle with you for each child and allow them to drink whenever they say that they are thirsty.
Do chores together
Doing chores, especially gardening and yard work, really burns calories. You can make a game out of doing chores so that your children will enjoy doing them more.
You can tell them that whoever finishes dusting the room within a certain time limit can get a small treat (make sure that it is something healthy, like a banana or the child’s favorite fruit).
Doing chores together not only keeps the house clean, but keeps your family fit too. There are many ways for your family to stay fit together.
Just make sure that the exercises are appropriate for your child’s age and fitness level, and that you take note of nutrition as well.