Families are a gift to every human being and one needs to cherish this gift forever in life. Our hearts go out to those who live in this world without anyone to call as their family. I don’t think we can ever imagine their grievance or relate to their sorrow. All that we can do is respect their feelings, give them their space and shower them with affection. If you are one of those lucky ones who has been blessed with a family never take them for granted. Cherish their presence, support your family members in every way possible and do squeeze in time out of your busy schedule to spend quality time with your adorable ones. For most of us, spending time with family might be about eating together, going out shopping, seeing a movie, eating out or visiting relatives but beyond these we also need to bond over one another, realize our strength and weaknesses and spend quality time together. Involving in physical activity and exercising together is a great way to accomplish this!
An Active Family is a Happy Family
It’s a common sight to see mother, father, brother and sister going hand-in-hand to the theatre or a vacation but not many-a-time have we seen them walking or playing together. Physical activity is integral for children and adults across all ages. Standard guidelines recommend 150 minutes of physical activity per week for adults and 60 minutes of play/exercise daily for kids. An active family reaps the benefits of good health and being active showers benefits on the entire family. Make way for some activity time together with the tips given below:
Block your clock for activity by setting a specific time in your schedule: Sit down and discuss each of your available timings and single out a common time during which all of you are free for some activity. Set aside a few hours out of this for exercise. It might be a post-dinner walk on Saturdays after dinner or an early morning walk on Sundays.
Plan the activity well ahead and jot it down in the calendar: Writing down the plan in a calendar placed in a common place is useful as every member is forced to look into it moving around the house. Involve kids in planning any activity and make them feel important by assigning the job of ticking off the activity in the calendar once it’s been accomplished.
Your house is a great place to start working out: Gardening and growing veggies/fruits organically has become the latest trend in most of our homes. Kids can easily participate in yard work and other chores too (such as cleaning the rooms, washing dishes or decorating the rooms). Ask for their help in raking, weeding, planting or vacuuming.
Minimize expenses by Maximizing ideas: Its always simpler and feasible to plan activities and exercises that need little or no equipment. It is always easier to choose anything from walking, jogging, jumping rope, dancing or some sport. Playing together gives you the benefits of exercising as well as entertainment.
Join kids in classes: Enroll your kids in gymnastics, swimming, dancing or tennis classes which they are sure to enjoy. There is always the plum possibility of making new friends, understanding the concept of teamwork and above all, having fun.
Have a list of activities that can be performed irrespective of the weather outside:We love excuses to avoid exercising but ensure that none of you are able to come up with an excuse by planning a list of activities that can be performed anytime. It could be walking inside a mall, swimming in an indoor pool or virtual reality games that need arm-leg movement. For more ideas and concepts for accommodating exercises during any season of the year please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Switch off the television: Our forefathers spent a good lot of time with the family as they were devoid of televisions, smartphones or the Internet. How good would it be to switch off these gadgets and focus on enjoying with family members every day of the week? Ensure that none of you spend more than 2 hours a day watching TV, playing video games or working on the computer (unless it is a school assignment). Spend the time rather on dancing together, going for a walk or playing out.
Small drops make an ocean: Start small by introducing one family activity and moving on to the next when all members are ready. It can be a longer walk session or an extra game.
Invite other family members: Call your other family members for some active time together. This offers dual benefits as you get to meet, greet and enjoy yourselves as well as ensure your physical health too. You can go for boot camps together, play snow bowling or even cricket!
Reward family members with fun activities: When its time to celebrate plan a visit to the zoo, park or a trek as a family treat.
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