Healthy Lifestyles & Healthy Living

Fitness Plans, Lifelong Fitness & Everyday Fitness

With your fitness program at Gold’s family fitness center, set a healthy example for your children by working out regularly, and find ways throughout the week to help your children stay active with these tips. Healthy lifestyles are easier to maintain when you are taught how to live healthy from an early age, and research from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports shows that “providing enjoyable experiences is a potent strategy for increasing activity levels in youth, their attitude about the value of exercise, and ultimately long-term health outcomes.” Part of your personal fitness plan can include taking classes with your children, as suggested in this article, or finding fun activities to do outside together like biking or playing basketball. For healthy living, also include time to just disconnect from your devices and spend time interacting with each other while you make dinner, walk the dog or build with blocks.

Staying Active With Kids

With summer nearly over, it might be hard to juggle work, family and physical activity for your kids. Check out these tips from to see how to keep them moving even though your schedule is tight.

Help Your Family Get Active

When it comes to heart health, it’s important that we think not only of our own cardiovascular health but also that of future generations. A study last year found that obese children and teens have as much plaque in their arteries as a 45-year-old adult, putting them at risk for heart disease and other serious health conditions much earlier than their parents.

If you’ve got kids, of course you want to make sure they grow up fit and healthy. But you also know it’s hard to juggle work, family and physical activity. Still, setting a healthy example is a good start; research shows that parents who are physically active increase the likelihood that their kids will be active as well. So if you’re looking for ways to get your kids involved, check out these tips.

Plan Outdoor Activities

Set aside one day a weekend to do something active as a family: swimming in the summer, sledding or hiking in the winter, or biking in the spring and fall. Taking along a picnic lunch—and splurging on some healthy snacks after a good workout—will help the day go by without a complaint.

Take Classes Together

Ask around your area for yoga or aerobics classes offered to parents and kids together. If your little one is too young to participate, look for classes that help you burn calories with your baby by incorporating them into your yoga moves or pushing them along during stroller workouts. No kids? Check out partner yoga or even doga—yup, yoga for you and your dog.

Redo Your Family Room

Too often, family rooms are the center of laziness in a home: a comfy couch, a video-game console, a shelf full of DVDs, and nothing to encourage fitness or physical activity. There are ways to add subtle reminders, however, without overhauling your entire room or dragging in a giant piece of workout equipment. Set a time limit on weekly television viewing and incorporate these essentials to keep your whole family moving.

Make Chores Fun

Instead of relegating each member of the family to doing separate chores by themselves, turn chores into a game you can all do together. Race to see how fast you can get the house cleaned, and then try to beat your old time the next week. Play music while you’re doing laundry, and enlist the kids to sing and dance while helping to fold and put clothes away. Take the dog for walks together, and squeeze in some running, roller-skating or rope-jumping while you’re at it.

Make Over Your Meal Plan

This isn’t necessarily a fitness tip, but it’s also worth mentioning: Families that eat healthier also tend to have other healthy habits, such as regular physical activity. If you want to slim down after having a baby or just want to eat better overall, get your entire family involved and you’re more likely to succeed. Take kids to the farmers' market, let them pick their own fruits and vegetables, and involve them in the food preparation. They’re much more likely to enjoy their meals—and to clean their plates.

Staying committed to your fitness program at Gold’s Gyms near you is just as important for you as it is for your children. By demonstrating a healthy lifestyle for your children and “providing opportunities for them be active, you are putting your children on a path to better physical and mental health” suggests the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Children’s fitness plans, whether with organized sports or free play, should equal at least 60 minutes of physical activity. When healthy living becomes routine, getting regular exercise comes naturally, and paves the way for lifelong fitness.

Your children can join your fitness program at Gold’s family fitness center when they reach the age of 13, so that’s one easy way to exercise together that gives them a glimpse of what you do yourself to stay in shape. Make leading a healthy lifestyle fun by adding in freestyle exercise throughout the day with kid friendly exercise tips from like stretching like a cat and running like a tiger if your children are young, or playing action-oriented dance video games if your children are older. For a change, try fitness plans created by your children so that they can experience what it feels like to be the one in charge. And combine healthy living with healthy eating for the perfect combination for better health and fitness.