Exercising with the Whole Family
When your workout routine starts eating away time you could be spending with family, do you tend to drop the exercise? You’re not alone. Instead of giving it up, make family time exercise time. Fuel up the gang with our Honey Crunch Energy Bars with Wheat Germ and get moving!
Getting your family to eat well and exercise starts with you. Most children in the U.S. do not consume the recommended daily servings of fruits, vegetables or calcium or get the recommended level of physical activity. Studies show that only 8 percent of elementary schools — and even fewer junior high and high schools — provide daily physical education to students. And a recent report suggests that physical activity declines between ages 9 and 15 to well below the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.
You and your kids don’t need to join those statistics. Here are some fun ways to exercise together:
- Plan a fun run or fast walk together. Map your route ahead of time and give everyone a list of things they need to find along the way. The first one to find everything can plan the next walk or run. Don’t make your first outing too strenuous or too long. Choose a course everyone can easily do without getting overly sore or tired.
- Create an obstacle course in the backyard. Use whatever you have on hand to build it — old tires, jump ropes, ladders and the like — and invite the neighbors to join in the fun.
- Dust off the bikes. Pump up the tires, test the brakes and make sure your helmets fit properly. Choose a bike-friendly path, and hit the road!
- Play a game of family tag. This is a great way to get your heart rate up. Make sure everyone gets a chance to be “it.”
- Utilize a local playground. Lead the family in a mini bootcamp where you do pushups off the slide, crunches on the soft mats or grass and pull-ups on the bars. Then relax with a healthy picnic. Bring along our oven-fried chicken!
- Get creative at home. If you can’t get outside, try these ideas for working out inside your home.
Finally, don’t forget to hydrate with water and eat energy-boosting snacks. Knowing what to eat and drink when working out will ensure your family members maintain their energy — and have fun — during workouts.
What’s you favorite family workout?