You’re probably aware that as a nation, we’ve become more and more sedentary over time. And you may have a fitness routine that you stick to (most of the time anyway) to stay healthy. But have you ever thought about creating a fitness plan for the whole family? If I asked you whether being fit is a good thing, I’m guessing you’d say yes. If I asked you whether you and the members of your family are all fit, I don’t know what you’d answer. Maybe you wonder yourself whether you need to work on fitness goals for the family!
The first step is to decide what being fit means to you and your family. If you agree with experts, being fit usually means you have a certain level of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility. It also means you have optimal body composition.
You probably don’t need to worry about the specific terms, though. The real questions for you or any member of your family are these:
- Do you get tired easily?
- Do you feel like you lack physical strength?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have aches and pains that flare up when you need to move around?
If you decide you need to make improvements in any of the areas mentioned, you’ll want to start thinking about ways to improve your fitness. And a great way to do this is to get everyone in the family involved.
Creating a Fitness Plan for the Whole Family
Think about things you can do with your partner or kids if you want everyone in the family involved in getting fitter. For the most part, I’m referring to exercise and physical activity, though nutrition, stress management, and other factors do come into play when talking about overall fitness.
So, what kinds of things can you do to increase your activity level? For aerobic endurance, try walking or hiking together. If you like sports, play volleyball, soccer, or touch football together. If you have a pool or access to a pool, go swimming!
Want to work on flexibility? Find a yoga studio that offers family yoga classes. There are also studios that offer special classes just for kids if you prefer to let the kids do their own thing while you take some time to recharge in a class for grownups.
If anyone in the family needs to lose weight, consider what needs to happen to reach that goal. Do you need to be more active, or is diet and nutrition more of an issue? While not everyone will have the same goal, everyone can benefit from good nutrition and a healthy diet.
The great thing about creating a fitness plan for the whole family is it accomplishes so much. Not only will everyone be healthier, but you’ll have the opportunity to spend quality time together and connect in a way that you simply can’t do on the couch watching a movie or even out having dinner together. When your family prioritizes fitness, you’re working together to reach a common goal. Maybe you’ll even learn from each other!