Instilling good habits in your children from an early age is the best way to secure their future health. The most effective way to get them exercising? Let them copy you.
We all know kids are little sponges soaking up everything we do and say. So why not show them what it means to live a healthy, active lifestyle?
Working out together not only improves the fitness levels of your entire family, but it also gives you the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. Here are five ways your family can enjoy exercising together.
5 Ways To Exercise As A Family
1. Go for a Ride
Cycling is an excellent workout, but biking through tough terrain isn’t for the faint of heart—or the young. Even so, your family can still enjoy a nice bike ride together. Whether you choose a trail at Palo Duro Canyon, Wildcat Bluff, the path at your local park or the streets of your neighborhood, you’ll have fun and get plenty of exercise. Just be sure to wear proper safety gear.
2. Take a Hike
With Palo Duro Canyon and Wildcat Bluff nearby, you’ve got the perfect setting for a family hike. Go at your own pace; it’s not a competition. It doesn’t matter if your family hikes the most difficult trail or the simplest one as long as you’re getting some exercise together. And after your hike, have a picnic or check out some exhibits to make the day more memorable
3. Get in the Game
Sports offer an opportunity to keep your kids physically active, to teach them good sportsmanship and responsibility, and for you to get involved. Cheering your kid on as he/she hits their first home run is something you’ll cherish forever. Most of the parks in town have tennis courts, soccer fields and basketball courts free for you to use. The courts are usually emptier early in the morning.
4. Dance the Night Away
Cold or raining outside? No problem. Turn on some tunes and jam out. Kids love to dance, especially young ones. All you need is your living room and some music to create a fun dance party that gets your heart rate up. So push those couches back and start boogying!
5. Join the Club
Joining a fitness club that’s family-friendly is undoubtedly one of the most efficient ways to keep your family healthy. Unlike a typical gym, a family fitness club allows your whole family to participate in activities together so you can stay in shape without taking valuable time away from your children and spouse.
Amarillo Town Club Summer Membership
At the Amarillo Town Club, we know how important it is for your family to have fun and get in shape together. We offer youth activity programs, swim lessons, FREE child care for the little ones and so much more. The family that plays together stays together, so reach out to us today to get started!
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NOTICE: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This information is for general use and is not intended to be a prescription. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.
This post was originally posted on July of 2016 but was updated on May 26, 2017 for freshness and accuracy.