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Grandparents and Grandchildren Exercises

Grandparents and grandchildren as well as parents should all have a regular exercise program. If you can’t keep a regular program at least get out and do it when you can if it’s only for a few minutes a day.

Are you worried that your family is turning into a sack of couch spuds ? It’s true, there are many families where most of the members would rather sit around and watch TV or play games than get up and get fit .  As a parent , though, you may be wondering how you can get a fit family.  One simple way is to create a family fitness challenge.

Step 1. You’ll need to find some activities that everyone is willing to do .  Some common fitness for kids activities include swimming, biking or just plain walking .  Just make sure that all members are will be willing to get in on the activity .

Step 2. Make a fit  plan that includes everyone in the family .  Look at everyone’s schedules and see when the whole family has time available for fitness fun .   This is the best time to schedule your fit family time.   If it’s impossible to find a time when the whole family can do it together than you can create a schedule that allows everyone a block of time for exercise – ideally partnered with a parent or an older sibling.

Step Three Create a challenge.   Every member of the family may have different fitness goals – for mom and dad it may be a weight goal, but for the kids it may be a time or distance goal.  Record your baseline stats and then create a chart to keep track of everyone’s progress towards their fitness goals.

Step 4 Create a fit family journal. You can find these on the internet or make on yourself .  A good journal will have a place to track a date, the activity and the amount of time spent on the fitness activity.

Step Five: Motivation – As a group decide on some rewards for your children reaching their fitness goals individually and also ones for the whole family.  Perhaps it’s a movie night, a special trip, or some new item for the family to share.   Just be sure to celebrate reaching your goals in healthy way

It’s important to check with your  doctor before your start a fit  challenge, to make sure that everyone is able to participate in your shared  activity.   Use this time to talk about healthy living habits, like a sensible diet.

In the end, remember that the goal of a family fitness challenge is to encourage your family to be healthy.

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