Exercise Together For Family Fitness Fun

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Exercising together creates a healthier mind, body, and family connection. It's time to get off the bench and resolve to get fit as a family! These ideas will help you achieve your family fitness goals.

Less is More
Families who work out together develop respect for one another, strengthen family bonds, and achieve the daily physical fitness every person needs. Perhaps parents should take a less-is-more approach to family fitness. Instead of driving one child to sports and then dashing over to pick up a sibling at dance class, everyone enjoys one fitness activity together, at the same time. The concept of one sport for all to enjoy means less time spent sitting while your kids exercise.

Health Benefits
There are almost endless benefits to leading an active lifestyle: better sleep, better mood, increased fitness, improved longevity … the list is long. There are added benefits to being active with your family, though, and one of the biggest is the role-modelling aspect. By showing your kids that being active is a priority—plus it's fun—not only are you improving your kids' health right now, you're increasing the likelihood they'll stay active throughout their lives.

Making it Happen
We'd all rather sit on the couch some days. But get dressed, plan that bike ride. Go hiking in the mud, learn to ski together, go indoor rock climbing, jump on the trampoline with the kids. Make family fitness fun by preparing an idea jar of weeknight activities (quick activities such as a neighborhood walk) and a jar of weekend activities (longer activities such as horseback riding). Then, take turns picking an activity from the respective jar each day. This incorporates kids in decision making, yet allows parents control over timing.

Along with being physically fit, you can teach your kids how to be financially fit.
Open a Savings Account in your children's names then encourage them to put a percentage of everything they earn or receive as a gift into savings. Good financial habits can take a long time to develop so it's important to begin teaching and practicing with your kids at an early age.