Family Fitness to Prevent Childhood Obesity

It seems that the childhood obesity is one of the top concerns for the nation. Every week the news reports another fact on the topic or spouts off research from a recent study. With all of the information out there, it can be hard to know what the best course for preventing childhood obesity is.

The first answer to this question is easy. It’s exercise. Most children don’t get enough exercise. They are too busy playing video games, watching television, or stuck inside under mounds of homework. The good news is that there are options for you and your family.

The first thing you need to do is to set goals as a family and as individuals. Family goals can include how often to exercise together or on your own. You can include dates and times and make it set in stone so that nothing else takes priority over your time together to become a healthier family.

Next you need to find a form of exercise that suites everyone’s needs and interests. It is important to remember to mix up your exercise types so that you don’t end up in a rut or, even worse, bored.

Here are a few options for you to consider and get you started on your way to a healthier family. First, the outdoor options, because getting enough vitamin D from natural sources, such as the sun, is just as important as the exercise. There is a variety of activities that can be enjoyed by all. For example, hiking, biking, soccer, kickball, walking the dog, or anything along these lines.

There is also the all popular snow mountain climbing. I’m not talking about find a mountain and trekking your way up. I’m referring to the enjoyable activity of climbing the mounds of freshly plowed snow that piles up in the park lots of stores and churches everywhere.

And let us not forget another winter activity, snow shoveling. It may seem like a chore, but it can be a great form of exercise especially if done properly to avoid backache. To make it fun, you can turn it into a competition or a type of relay with team members to switch out so as to avoid fatigue.

There are also indoor activities that can be done as a family. Dancing is the most inclusive of the indoor activities. Dancing allows freedom of expression for everyone involved while still giving you as a family quality time together and plenty of exercise.

The other indoor option is to find plenty of exercise videos to offer enough of a variety to meet everyone’s needs and to keep your routines mixed up enough to keep seeing progress.

Whatever you decide, you need to make sure that they goals you set are realistic and have a time limit. These two aspects help you to know that you can meet them and set a reminder for when you need to meet that goal.

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