30 Day Fitness Experiment

What can you do for your body in 30 days?

Making Physical Activity a Family Affair

You already know the benefits of regular exercise:

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  • Weight Management
  • Bone Health
  • More Energy
  • Better Sleep
  • Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
  • Reduced Risk of Diabetes
  • Increased Life Expectancy

When is the best time to start reaping these benefits? Should everyone wait until they’re an overweight, at-risk adult?

Of course not!

Lifestyle Fitness is a concept that basically means: You don’t have to have a gym membership, a personal trainer, and a dire prognosis to be fit and healthy. Make physical fitness a way of life.

If It’s Your Way of Life, It Will Be Your Children’s, Too.

Julia climbing at Shelf Road
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    Here Are a Few Things You Can Do:

  • Go for a daily walk together. A couple of blocks after dinner time works wonders.
  • Choose a far parking spot. While everyone else is competing for the ones nearest the door, you might even get in sooner!
  • Play games. Instead of passive entertainment (like watching TV), opt for an activity that engages both the mind and body, like catch, tag, or basketball. For younger ones, even Duck Duck Goose and Ring Around the Rosy will get their hearts pumping.
  • Plan fit vacations. Going on a road trip? Include some hiking, biking, or swimming. Feeling more adventurous? Take the family rock climbing or sailing. Many companies that rent out equipment also have beginners lessons or guided group activities. Even if you’re going on a Caribbean cruise, there will be plenty of planned outings at each port.
  • Eat (and serve) a variety of fruits and vegetables. This is an easy habit to start when your children are infants. Making your own baby food is not difficult, and exposing young children to a variety of foods will help them have a balanced diet later.

How have you incorporated wholesome nutrition and physical activity into your family’s routine? Share your tips and ideas below.

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6 Comments »

  1. Did you know there is the first child fitness iPhone app? It’s called KIDFIT. and it offers more than 150 safe, fun fitness exercises to youth at all athletic levels. I think this is an innovative way to combat childhood obesity. Here’s a link you a review. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5adASvvvDpc Check it out!

    Comment by Jamal Williams | April 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. Interesting.

    I checked out the video, and the App in itself looks well-done.

    Even with the comments about “No use of measurement tools ensures children focus on working out properly, not numbers and aesthetics,” putting children on a structured exercise regimen worries me.

    Never use such a program without advice from a doctor.

    That said, the videos in the app demonstrating proper form would be essential if you were to use it. But, the child shown in the YouTube video, doing sit-ups or crunches with a Bosu Ball, looked like he had very poor neck and spine alignment.

    Who developed this App and its instructional videos? If it were a Physical Therapist or Personal Trainer, no doubt that would have been mentioned as evidence of authority.

    Thanks for sharing,
    SJ

    Comment by The Landlocked Sailor | April 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m an NASM certified trainer. Looks like a standard boxer crunch to me. I believe you’re supposed to be coiled like that with your chin tucked like a boxers defense position (hints the boxer in “boxer crunch”). Don’t quote me though.

      Comment by Jamal Williams | April 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m an NASM certified trainer. Looks like a standard boxer crunch to me. I believe you’re supposed to be coiled like that with your chin tucked like a boxers defense position (hints the boxer in “boxer crunch”). Don’t quote me though.

    Comment by Jamal Williams | April 27, 2010 | Reply

  4. Also, I saw you looking for who created the app. It say Personal Training Solutions LLC. I’m sure this is one of the thousands of fitness companies readily available across the nation.

    Comment by Jamal Williams | April 27, 2010 | Reply

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