You’ve probably never said, “Do as I say, not as I do,” to your kids. (Shh… you probably have. We won’t tell.) While we’re never going to be perfect people, no matter how hard we try, we should try to be a good example for our kids. That whole “do as I say, not as I do” thing has never worked yet, but studies have shown that kids who see their parents displaying a good behavior—well, they do what kids do best. Imitate.
If you want to get your whole family involved in a healthy activity, it probably starts with you. As much as you can be a good example to your kids of regular exercise and healthy eating habits, do it. Don’t stop with you, though. Get your whole family exercising. Afternoon activities or regular work-out times can be opportunities for the whole family to bond. Take some tips from this list of ways to get the whole family exercising.
Lifting weights can be a great way to get the entire family exercising together. It’s not hard to get a small weight lifting station set up in the basement. As everyone takes turns weight lifting, the added energy of a group dynamic will keep you and your kids lifting weights regularly. You’ll inspire each other to lift harder. When you’re done, you can all enjoy a HumaPro protein shake to celebrate what you achieved that day, and to help your bodies build more muscle!
Less straining, regular family hikes are a great way to get everyone moving, talking, and bonding. A regular dose of nature and fresh air will be good for your kids, and it’s likely a habit they’ll pursue even after they leave the house. Toddler and teenagers alike can enjoy different aspects of a nature walk, and since hiking is usually free, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
As much as you can, inspire backyard activities for your kids. While you can try to get them involved in sports outside of your home, physical activity can happen in your own backyard as well. All you need for an afternoon of running through the sprinkler is a water pressure pump, and all you need to keep your kids bouncing all afternoon is a trampoline. Sometimes kids need a little extra incentive to play outside, so whenever you can, head out there with them. They’ll cherish those memories of playing outside with you, and you’ll be paving the way for a healthier future.