What do you do when baby comes home, you quit going to the gym, and several years later you still have yet to lose the baby weight? According to a recent article in The Washington Times, the solution for time-pressed yet exercise-deprived parents is to make fitness a family project.
Lots of gyms and fitness centers have already thought of this, which led to the creation of numerous family fitness programs and even brand new fitness centers dedicated to allowing families the opportunity to get moving together. Parents and their children of all ages can take part in a variety of family-friendly classes ranging from swimming to jogging to dance. Yet club memberships or trips to the gym aren’t the only way to get your family in shape.
In fact, the article suggests simply just getting outside and moving around – a novel idea by today’s standards, where busy schedules and video games often prevent families from engaging in any kind of physical play. Yet playing games in the backyard not only helps squeeze in a fun and easy fitness routine for the day, but it gets kids off the couch and active, creates a positive impression of physical activity, relieves stress, and nurtures family bonding time.
It might come as a shock to some that, after all of the fad diets and expensive exercise equipment, experts are now suggesting we go back to Red Rover, Kick the Can, tag, and ball tosses. It took a long time – and a lot of failed diets along the way – but it seems we are now rediscovering the obvious. An afternoon outside can do wonders for the waistline – not to mention the family.
So grab the kids and head outside for a few games from your own childhood – while the weather still permits. And, hey, after all that running around maybe you won’t feel so bad about indulging during the holidays.