Exercise with Your Kids

Grab a ball and have fun!(photo source: cohdra/morguefile)

Grab a ball and have fun!
(photo source: cohdra/morguefile)

On Tuesday, I wrote about how to start an exercise program.  It can be an intimidating process and you may doubt your ability to stick with it.  But if you involve your kids, you probably have a greater chance of success.  Kids have an innate ability to turn everything into a game.  Their enthusiasm can inspire you to work harder and stick with your own program.

To get started, you should investigate different ways to involve your kids in a fitness program. Depending on the age of your children, you may also want to check with their pediatrician to be sure that there are no limitations.  But remember that the workout doesn’t have to be intense to be effective.  You just need to be consistent.

You’ll find plenty of great ideas and tips to engage the whole family at LetsMove.gov.  The USDA site suggests that kids should be physically active 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. While you might assume that kids fulfill that requirement at school, many schools have had to cut physical education programs. Your best bet is to make exercise a family habit.

So what’s in it for you? To lose weight, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults exercise at least 150-250 minutes per week.  If you help your kids get their daily dose of exercise, you could easily lose weight as well.   So why not harness your kids’ playful spirit and have some fun while shedding pounds?  Hop on a bike, grab a jump rope, have a snowball fight, or go for a walk.  It’s good for the family and good for you, too.

Looking for more weight loss tips and advice?  Check out the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website.  And get support and daily inspiration by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.





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