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Creating a Family Fitness Plan

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

Creating a Family Fitness Plan is the best way to achieve fitness goals for the whole family. Have everyone work together, commit together, and do it together, while supporting one another.

The more involved your family is in physical activity, the healthier they everyone in the family will be.

Be the parent that encourages exercise and healthy eating. Why wake the kids up before school,and do a work out to together. You could take long walks after church. It is about creating fun times together that you all will remember fondly.

It may seem too much like herding cats to get the whole family together to exercise, but it can be done. Of course if you start them from the time they can walk it is a bit easier. Regardless of age it can be done.

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

Start out by committing to a time of day that worked best for everyone (i.e after dinner or before school, etc). Together begin to choose a mixture of activities, and the kids get a say in what we do. Then create a calendar of activities for the next 30 days. Doing this together really inspires everyone.

Starting a family fitness plan may seem daunting, but if you don’t make it a priority, it will never happen. So let’s get started on the steps you can use to create a family fitness program that will last.

Step 1 – Call a Family Meeting
If this is going to be a family affair, everyone should be involved and invested from the beginning.

Discuss the current physical activity levels of each family member. Ask each member to honestly evaluate where they stand. There are four levels of physical activity: Inactive, Low, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Step 2 – Be Active Together Every Day. Make this non-negotiable. Of course it is always good for the adults to also have their workouts for themselves as well.

Now is the time to really commit to finding a time that will work for everyone, every day if you can. It is important to be realistic. Aim to be active together for at least 30-45 minutes at a time. Make a list of fun ways to exercise together, and stick to the routine.

You can even make a fun game out of it. Have a contest for the most steps, or add them up together and set a monthly goal. Reward the whole family if your goal was met.

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

Step 3 – Plan Meals Together
Fitness is important, but without proper nutrition your efforts are not as effective. Extend family fitness time into family meal time.

Start by writing a menu each week. Make sure each main meals have 2 servings of veggies, 1 serving of grains, and 1 serving of protein. This nutrition plan works great for beginners and families because it makes planning easier.

You can devote each evening to prepping lunch together, too. It is also a great time to teach one another about the importance of certain food groups, and which to avoid.

Studies have shown that families who eat meals together promote healthy conversations, and are closer to their normal weight range.

Step 4 – Make and Keep Family Goals
Setting specific and achievable goals is so important to making positive changes. Ask your family what goals they may have and then set some together.

For example, if the goal was to walk around the block once this week, set a goal to walk it twice next week. You can also set healthy eating goals. For example, if you currently have a lot of sweets or soda in the pantry, the goal could be to have all sweets out of the house by the end of the month and not to replenish them.

It also helps to mark the goals on the calendar and to keep a progress chart, (kids love stickers). Accountability is an effective way to ensure that the family stays on track and rewards make it more fun.

Now, Get Moving on Creating a Family Fitness Plan. Fitness and healthy eating habits can and should be made a priority in every family. By taking the time for family activities, your family will start to form healthy habits that are hard to break.

Get moving together and have fun with it!

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