Time for Family Fitness
I have struggled for years to maintain a healthy weight, so encouraging healthy eating and plenty of physical activity has always been at the front of my mind as a parent. But the fact is that my kids are my kids - they love to read books, explore technology, and participate in endless hours of sedentary activities just like I do. Most people would think that the arrival of summer vacation would mean a move to the great outdoors, hours spent running around the backyard. The fact is that once we lose the routine of school, everyone in my family is more likely to laze around all day, no focus to get us out the door in the first place. Add to that the insane heat and humidity that we experience living in the Washington, DC area, and summertime is the prime time for my family to slip into bad fitness habits.
This year I have a plan. I’m kicking off a renewed interest in family fitness by changing the way we eat and my own exercise habits. The kids and I have not only begun to spend more time with the fruits and veggies at the grocery store and less time in the frozen food aisle, but we’re trying new foods this summer. Yes, we’re even trying the ones that we aren’t sure how to pronounce or prepare.
We’re also working out together. At first the kids watched as I moved around the room strangely, sweat dripping from my pores, but then my daughter decided to join the fun. My son even jumped in this week with some barefoot tap dancing while my daughter and I completed an aerobics routine, but hey! Movement is movement! The goal for the summer is to keep this movement going every day, adding in fun new activities from basement soccer to a good old game of first floor tag. We may even run the stairs!
So this summer, bring on the heat waves, the poor air quality and the severe thunderstorms. We’ve got each other, air conditioning, and bodies that move. We’re going to focus on fitness.