It’s that time – the days are getting longer, the sun is shining, and the air smells fresh – it is time to get back into shape after the long, cold winter. Now is the time you and your family can shed that unwanted weight, increase your energy, and have some fun together!
Even if you and your family kept busy during the winter months, many families find themselves with some unwanted weight or some unwanted laziness. Spring is the time to turn that around. It gives you the opportunity to get “back into exercising” for a couple months before summer is in full force. So what can you do, either alone or as a family, to get those butts back in shape? Here are some suggestions to get you going:
- Set an activity schedule – this schedule should be for the entire family. If your children are into sports, they may be starting training for those sports, so take that into consideration. Whether the activity will be just you or the entire family, try to stick to the schedule. The most effective schedule includes 6 days of activities, with one day of rest. Four of those days should be a cardio type activity, two days should be activities that incorporate plyometrics, and at least one day of resistance or strength activities.
- Look for unique ways to exercise – there are many activities you can do, without having to step foot in a gym, however, if you like the gym, many are incorporating fitness classes that encompass all of the areas mentioned and involved kids. If you want to get out of the gym, consider hiking or walks outside, dancing, yard work or preparing your garden area. Take a trip to a local park, many have obstacle courses and other fun areas to get some unique exercise in.
- Family activities – look for some fun family activities. You may wish to support a local cause by taking part in a family fun run or 5k. If your child is going to try out for sports this year, start working together on the skills needed for that sport. Set goals as a family – this makes it fun for everyone and puts a little competiveness in the mix!
The goal of your spring training should be to get moving! Mix it up and stay active. This is the key to getting your butt in shape. You do not need to lift weights or spend countless hours on the treadmill at the gym. Dragging your kids to the gym may be uncomfortable and the results may not be pretty.
Staying active individually, and as a family, is important to your overall health and the health of your family. It is important that everyone contribute to planning the activities and stay engaged. You will find that you will enjoy your exercise time and before you know it, you will all be healthier!