Tips To Encourage Family Fitness

Making fitness a priority in your family can provide several health benefits for your loved ones. Exercising regularly as a group can help family members maintain a healthy weight, improve concentration and focus, strengthen bones and muscles, improve coordination and flexibility, and most importantly allow for quality time spent together.

Exercise is an activity that the entire family can enjoy.  Workouts do not need to be intense to reap the benefits. Here are some ideas for activities that could be enjoyable for everyone:

  • Hiking
  • Riding bicycles
  • Playing a game of tag
  • Gardening
  • Walking
  • Dancing
  • Playing volleyball
  • Skating/Rollerblading
  • Swimming
  • Building a snow fort or snowman

One of the ways you can keep your family motivated to participate in these activities is by creating challenges during which you can track progress and offer incentives.  You may also participate in activities that support causes, such as charity walks; exercising for a good cause can be very rewarding.

Making fitness a part of your family’s routine is very important.  Experts recommend setting aside at least 30 minutes, three times a week for physical activities. Don’t forget to keep it simple. The goal is to have fun and stay healthy together.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.