The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

As highlighted on BBC News, along with eating a healthy diet, controlling your stress through quiet reflection and getting adequate sleep, exercise is probably the most important aspect of your daily health.  And yet, most people struggle with creating a lasting fitness routine.

Remember what it was like to go outside as a child? I do, because I watch kids make fitness fun every day. They run around the therapeutic, fitness center that I own pretending they’re professional athletes, navigating the laser maze like international spies and trying to reach the stars on our 30-foot trampoline.

Kids don’t care about what they “should” do … all they want to do is have fun.  So, they play.

In the current world of rising obesity and dwindling outdoor play, it’s important to encourage lifelong healthy, active lifestyles including weight management while reiterating that fitness for kids – and adults – can be fun!

Are you one those people who think that exercise or athletic training can’t be fun? Do you think fitness has to include sit-ups, running uphill and/or boot camps? Exercise can be any physical activity that you enjoy – whether it’s dancing, playing on the playground with your kids, raking leaves or simply taking a brisk walk with your dog.

If you have met me at Fitness for Health, my therapeutic exercise and training center in Rockville, MD, or read my blog, you know that I’m a huge advocate of making fitness fun and involving the whole family in “playtime.”

  • Create and schedule weekly “family playtime.” Make physical activities and games FUN for the whole family!  The key to successful participation is creativity and positive reinforcement as well as scheduling a regular time during the week as “family playtime.”  Families need to work – and play – together to enhance physical fitness while building stronger relationships.  With an integrated approach, parents, grandparents and children can create fun, recreational games that also increase self-esteem – and help families bond – while improving your bone and joint health, getting older family members thinking about fitness for seniors and encouraging younger family members to participate in varied activities to improve kids’ health.
  • Act like a kid again. Remember when physical activity used to be fun? When athletic training meant a pick-up game of Horse and not 30 minutes on the treadmill? Think back to your childhood to reminisce about the activities that you enjoyed. Did you love ballet class as a child? Going to the pool with your family? Ice skating with friends? What’s stopping you from participating in these activities as an adult and involving your children?

To learn about fun, fitness programs designed specifically to improve kids health, increase adult bone and joint health and fitness for seniors, join us on Sunday, October 1, from 5pm – 6pm for a free tour of Fitness for Health’s therapeutic and training facility during our Open House.

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Make fitness fun and join Fitness for Health every Friday night (beginning again in September) from 7pm – 9pm for Open Gym – where YOU rule the gym! Pretend you are on your own impossible mission and try to navigate our laser maze without breaking a laser beam! Chase lights and make them disappear on our Light Floor and Wall! Climb a rock wall or two! Jump to your heart’s content on our 30′ long trampoline and so much more!