Happy New Year, everyone! The start of a new year usually brings excitement, mystery, and resolutions for a “newer”, healthier you. This year, why not set that resolution for the entire family? Being active as a family is a great way to have fun and bond, while improving health—plus, you can help each other stay on track!
Family fitness could sound like a complicated or expensive resolution, but there are plenty of ways to be active without breaking the bank. We gathered a few resources for you and your family—all of them with exercises that require zero to little setup and equipment. That means you and your kids can stay active from the comfort of your own home—for free!
- The Presidential Fitness Challenge Fitness Guide: Includes guidelines for easy activities for kids to do that start building endurance and strength. Follow the directions and pictures so you can join your kids as they do sit-ups, planks, and lunge their way to health!
- Let’s Move’s “Top Five Anywhere Exercises”: Includes an overview of five common activities, like push-ups, squats, and jumping jacks. This is perfect for kids (and parents) who are just starting out.
- Let’s Move’s “Quick Brain Boosts”: Includes directions for easy, but unique activities to mix up your workouts. These exercises were designed for a classroom, but are perfect for the home, too.
Combine any or all of these exercises together in a fun obstacle course around the house to get the benefits of circuit training. Or, if you’re short on time, you can squeeze in two or three activities during the day, like before and after dinner or around supervised screen time (TV, computer, or smart phone). Make sure that the activities are safe by avoiding slippery floors and cluttered rooms.
You can also check out one of the many free videos on YouTube for easy-to-follow family workouts. Videos like the one below are great for children of all ages.
Whatever you choose to do, keep these tips in mind:
- Keep the exercises simple. You and your children can get all the benefits of working out with simple activities like sitting on and standing up from a chair.
- Be safe and go at your own pace. The beauty of working out at home is that you can set the level of difficulty and the speed of all the activities. Keep in mind the recommendation for children to do 60 minutes of physical activity a day—so make sure that they don’t get tired too quickly.
- Have fun! This one’s the most important. Turn on some music or wear brightly colored clothes to add some extra energy to the workout.
(Image courtesy of MyFitnessPal)