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:

    family hike
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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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Time to Step it Up!

Workout Poster
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Day eighteen… Already?

I have the urge to step up my exercise program, but I’m not sure what direction I’ll take for the next 30 Day Fitness Experiment. I recently read an article about the effects of exercise on mental impairment, and the study cited implied that high intensity aerobic activity is more beneficial for your brain functioning than stretching or other low-impact activities.

For this first month it’s been enough to just stop being a couch potato, but it’s almost time to intensify things.
Hmmm…

What should I try next? What’s your favorite exercise program, or what have you always wanted to try? If I pick your idea I’ll send you something cool, related to the activity itself.

🙂

Hasta luego!
sj

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