Making Family Fitness a Priority
Starting a family fitness plan may seem daunting, but if you don’t make it a priority, it will never happen. Based on my experiences, here are some steps anyone 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. Now is a very good time to hire a certified fitness trainer to get you started. This trained professional can assess your family’s current fitness and help guide the planning of workouts. Working with a certified fitness professional is great for accountability, and you’ll learn safe and effective exercises for everyone in your family.
Whether or not you are working with a trainer, discuss your current physical activity levels with your family. Ask each member to honestly evaluate where they stand. There are four levels of physical activity:
- Inactive - Someone who is inactive does nothing more active than those activities associated with daily living, like cooking, cleaning, or getting dressed.
- Low - Low activity includes some extra activity, like walking, playing sports, or doing planned workouts, but not more than about 150 minutes per week.
- Medium - At a medium level, you are doing between 150 and 300 minutes of extra activity per week.
- High - High activity levels include anything above 300 minutes or five hours of extra activity per week.
Once you have discussed your current activity levels, talk about where you should be and how you can get there. Consider any injuries or health limitations and then brainstorm activities you can all do together.
Talk about healthy eating habits too, and positive changes you could all make. Above all, support and respect each other and making this an exciting adventure for the entire family, even the smallest step towards a healthy lifestyle can make a significant impact on each of you.