Five Ways To Get You And Your Family More Active, January is often a time of year when many people place some focus on their fitness levels. However, with the weather not being so good, it is understandable that it can be quite disheartening to encourage the whole family to still be active. I get it.
But we all know that it is important for children as well as adults to take an active approach to life as it can help with any weight issues and lower your BMI. So I thought I would share with you five ways to encourage your family to be more active.
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Make it fun
One of the first things you need to think about is making the activity fun for kids. Children can get bored very easily and lose motivation to do things if they aren’t enjoying themselves. So the idea would be to find an activity that you know that they will enjoy doing. This not only encourages them to exercise and be more active, but it also will help you to keep them being consistent and to see the exercise through to the end.
Warming up and cooling down are essential
While it may not seem like the fun part, warming up and cooling down are essential parts of any exercise you take as a family. We all know that doing this can help prevent injury but it is also a great opportunity to educate your children on its importance of it.
Having the right protective gear and equipment
Taking exercise and encouraging the family to be proactive is one thing, but you also need to ensure that you all have the right gear and equipment to actually take the exercise. From the right tools to things like the right footwear, they can allow you to be prepared but they can also help you to avoid injury and better perform. Things like sports insoles can also come in handy for your footwear as the extra support can help you perform as well as feel protected.
Try out different activities or ways to be active
It isn’t always about being strict and exercising in a certain way. Being active is so much more than that. It could be a weekend hiking and being outside. It could be that you go out for a walk, enjoy a Sunday morning swimming session or even have a dance-off in the kitchen while waiting for your evening meal to cook. It is just about being active and generally getting that heart rate up. How you do it is down to you.
Use opportunities in the home when the weather isn’t good
Finally, getting outside is always the obvious choice for being active. But that doesn’t mean that if it rains you have to choose not to be. Being indoors still means that you can be active. You can dance around your home, take advantage of workouts on YouTube, and even play games like Twister that can help with flexibility and stretching.
I hope that some of these tips help you to prepare and allow your family to be more active.