Any parent who has ever had a child repeat something they’ve said—perhaps an ill-timed curse word—knows that children learn from their role models. But the good news is that by setting a good example as a parent, especially as it relates to food and fitness, you can set your child up for a lifetime of health success!
Whether you’re running on the playground or throwing a baseball, children learn being active by example. Older kids might take a little more nudging to get off the couch to hang out with Mom and Dad, but use these tips from the experts at Life Fitness to help your kids fall for fitness!
1. Pick a group class together. These days there are group fitness classes for everyone. From yoga to Latin dancing to group cycling to water aerobics, you should be able to find something that will appeal to both you and your son or daughter. Just be sure to double check with the club or instructor beforehand to make sure it’s an age-appropriate class.
2. Check out all the nooks and crannies of the facility. Step out of the box and investigate all your gym has to offer. Some of the things you have never taken advantage of might appeal to your child. Hit the open basketball court and shoot some hoops together. Try out the rock-climbing wall together. Not only is climbing a muscular challenge, but it’s also a great way to build teamwork and trust.
3. Do a functional-training workout. Introduce your teen to strength training. Be creative and use different types of equipment. Start slowly and incorporate several circuits into a challenge. Make it a game and take turns completing each circuit and recording your progress. Ask for instruction from the professionals at the gym if you have any questions. This is a great way for you and your child to learn some new moves together.
It’s always more fun to try a totally new activity with a partner. Plus, if you let your child choose the activity, you may fall in love with something you may have never tried otherwise! How have you helped incorporate fitness into your kids’ lives? —Erin
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