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How to Get Fit as a Family

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Starting an active lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. Small changes lead to bigger changes, and when the whole family is involved, everyone can motivate each other to be the best version of themselves. Here are our tips on how to get fit as a family:

  1. Have Fun
    If you’re not a family that typically leads an active lifestyle, starting at a gym might not be the best option. Start with a fun activity like family bike rides or play a soccer game against each other. Endorphins are naturally released in the brain after physical activity, an addictive chemical which is known to improve mood.
  2. Challenge Each Other
    Take everyday opportunities to choose a healthier route. If you’re given the choice between stairs or elevator, try racing each other up the stairs! Choose to walk places instead of taking the car whenever possible. The more often you do this, the sooner it becomes your family’s new normal.
  3. Make It Routine
    Whatever stage you’re at in becoming fitter, make an effort to get physical once a day for at least 20-30 minutes. Physical activity should become another part of the day, like combing your hair and brushing your teeth.
  4. Watch Less Television
    The time spent watching TV as a family doesn’t need to go away altogether. The time you spend exercising should replace about a half hour of time in front of the television. You can also challenge each other to push up or sit up contests during commercial breaks.
  5. Practice Mindful Eating
    Eating a balanced diet should support an active lifestyle. Encourage your family to eat less junk food and find healthier snacks that can become staples in your house. There’s no shame in indulging once in a while, so it is important to keep the term “balance” in mind. It’s also a great idea to try infusing water with fruit instead of buying artificially sweetened fruit juices or sodas. Many people drink their calories without realizing it.

 

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