When you decide to start a family, you’re making a lifelong commitment to be responsible for and raise little humans. The hope for most parents is to see these little humans grow up and become responsible citizens as well as contribute positively to their communities. You also have a job of teaching them basic life skills, including how to look after their health. Seeing as children often learn best when you lead by example, showing them could be more effective than telling them. If you’re looking for quick and easy family fitness ideas to squeeze into your busy schedule, continue reading below.
1. Obstacle Course
If you have ever done an obstacle course before, then you know how much fun it can be. Not only do you see people’s competitive sides emerge, but it can also be a good laugh too. This is a perfect fitness activity to do with the family, and it doesn’t have to exceed an hour if you don’t want it to. You can even build an indoor obstacle course if it’s too cold out or you’d prefer to do it in your house. Some ideas for this are to crawl under or over a row of chairs, crawl under a string stretched between two chair legs, jump in and out of a hula hoop five times and walk on a balance board.
Not everyone is good on their feet, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t dance for fitness. Did you know that dancing can help improve your coordination which is especially helpful if your kids happen to play sports as it could mitigate the chances of an injury? Aside from this, dancing can also help you lose weight, and it isn’t limited to the youngsters alone.
Having said that, dedicate one or two days a week to doing domestics with your family and dancing in the process. Create a playlist together so that everyone can listen to music they love and burn some calories in the process.
Another activity that can be tons of fun for both you and the family is swimming. This happens to be one of the best activities you can do as it works out your entire body. Swimming also offers both cardio and strength training which are great health benefits. Additionally, swimming is an essential life skill all kids should master.
However, if you experience a strain in your shoulder while swimming accompanied by symptoms such as swelling, deep pain in your shoulder and decreased range of motion, you may have Rotator Cuff so be aware of that. The best solution in such an instance would be to first get a doctor to diagnose you by taking an X-Ray of the area. If you do have Rotator Cuff, know that the tendon typically heals on its own or you could get traditional treatment alternatively.
4. Family Routine
Have you ever thought about creating your own family exercise routine? Instead of pulling out a YouTube video that everyone can follow for a workout session, why not create your own? This is another form of fitness that ensures you keep your body moving and stay in shape. You could include anything from sit-ups, to jumping jacks and lunges in your routine just as long as everyone can do it.
Family is one of the rare and valuable gifts you get in life, so cherish it. Try and look after your health and adopt a healthy lifestyle so that as you grow together, you do so gracefully.
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