Getting into (or back into) shape is an individual thing. However, most people consider having a buddy in on the plan to be of great help. Pro sports teams have cheerleaders, so why shouldn’t regular folks? Workout buddies provided terrific cheerleading during an exercise session. For many people, their presence and encouragement make the difference between a good and a great workout. Obesity in America is all over the news of most media (for example, newspapers, magazines, television, Internet). According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), one third of all Americans six years and older are overweight or obese. Scary stat, isn’t it?It isn’t all the fault of fast food and video games, but not engaging in healthy movement is taking a toll. Since you, as a consistent exerciser, know the benefits of working out, it’s normal and natural to want the whole family to reap the advantages, too. Talking about it, or guilt-tripping or nagging family members to participate in a program at the gym, often has the opposite effect from what is intended. Using lighter than sledgehammer tactics is the best thing to try first. Here are some strategies that might win the day for you and create some fun family fitness activities.
3 Strategies for Fun Family Fitness Activities
1) Take Responsibility for Some of the Meals
Even if it’s one day a week, be the person who handles the meals that are usually eaten together. If you like to cook, prepare something that tastes good and is healthy, too. If cooking isn’t your thing, pick up food that is healthy and tastes good. When you’re on a conversion campaign, taste is the priority. Now is not the time to pinch pennies.
2) Set a Wellness/Fitness Example
Admittedly, this is the most subtle way to lure the family into an exercising habit. Whatever you do, do NOT initiate talk about the gym, your workout routine, or other exercise-related things. If asked, give complete answers to questions, but don’t lecture. Write out your workout days and times on a big calendar near the refrigerator and stick to them. Set your packed gym bag by the door everyone uses. Make sure your gym bag goes into the car with you. Invite family members to go to the gym with you (or meet you there). If they turn you down, let them know it’s an open invitation, and don’t bring it up again. If you can stick to your workout program, your results will speak for themselves. Your family may well want to reap some results for themselves.
3) Set Up Contests
You don’t have to be a parent to suggest a walk, hike, or stroll together. That starts the body in motion process. Contests like who walks the most steps in a day, or gets rid of the most body fat or gains the most muscle mass in a set amount of time, primes the pump for a more fit family. Who knows? Family members may welcome up with competitions and rewards of their own.