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outside of eating right, little else is as important to the health of your family as fitness. Being physically fit can add years of life, and not just life, but healthy, joy-filled, exuberant life to everyone in the family.

Making fitness not only a priority but mandatory within your family is an important step to setting up your children for a lifetime of good health. Here are some ways to make family fitness mandatory in your home!

Set The Example

The best way to make family fitness mandatory is to start with yourself. Don’t give yourself an excuse to give up on physical fitness. Make good choices about what you eat as well as what physical activities you choose to do. Children are always watching the adults in their lives and will model the behavior that you demonstrate.

Movement Before T.V.

Screen time is one of the biggest downfalls in terms of physical fitness that we face today. Spending more than 4 hours each day sitting can literally double the risks of diseases like diabetes, stroke and blood clots. Some studies indicate a 125% increase in the risk of all cardiovascular disease. Keep track of screen time and require physical activity before screen time. Ten minutes of screen time should require 2 times the physical activity as a starting point.

Make it Fun

Don’t be a drag. People like to have fun. If exercise is fun, you’ll be more likely to do it and so will the rest of your family. Let everyone choose some of the activities and mix them up so that it’s not always the same thing.

There so many different things that you can do from hiking, swimming, bowling, running, biking, dancing to gardening and active as a family is a great way to bond and connect with each other and don’t forget to be creative!

Be Imaginative

You can incorporate movement into normally sedentary activities. Build a stand up or treadmill desk, stand while talking on the phone, stand while playing video games, choose games that require physical activity or modify them to include physical activity. Make waiting in line at the bank fun by having kids do jumping jacks or squats. Do jumping jacks during television commercials. There is a chance for physical activity in pretty much everything you do.

Make it a Priority

Every single day is a new day. A new day in which you can make fitness a priority. When you wake up, make fitness your first choice. If you do something physical first thing, you’ll have set yourself up for the day to make great choices.

Make the kids part of it too by getting them involved in the morning exercise routine and healthy breakfast choices. Life can get really busy especially for moms. But there are plenty of ways to fit physical fitness into your daily routine. It is easy said than done but it is possible!

Making physical fitness as mandatory as drinking water and eating right will improve your health exponentially. You’ll improve muscle tone, cardiovascular health, and help maintain healthy weights. The truth is, your life and the lives of your family truly depend on fitness being a priority in your life and the lives of your entire family. This is the first time in history where the newest generation is not expected to outlive their parents. You and only you can change this statistic.

 

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Kara is a co-founder of the Dollar Mommy Club and a full-momma and who loves every minute of it. Ever since she was a little girl (around two years old actually) she has wanted a baby of her own. She even asked her mom for “a crying and pooping baby doll” for Christmas when she was just 6 years old. Certain events took place to where Kara was diagnosed with Endometriosis, and doctors told her that having her own children might be impossible. She spent years trying to figure out her health by trying everything under the sun that you can think of. It wasn’t until a few years after she was married that both she and her husband figured it out, and they were blessed with their first baby girl! When Kara isn’t managing the Dollar Mommy Club and it’s wonderful members and contributors, she enjoys spending time with family, binge-watching The Office on Netflix, and creating art.

15 COMMENTS

  1. This is such an important conversation. My oldest daughter is on a rock climbing team and is extremely fit. She goes to three hour practices multiples times a week. We should definitely be following her lead!

    • WOW! that is awesome. People who are rock climbers are extremely fit and healthy. That is great that she is an example to you guys! Tell her to keep up the good work!

  2. I agree fitness is very important and I try to stress it to my kids by sending them outside to play, or taking them on walks vs driving everywhere. I also encourage sports and play with them.

  3. These are some good tips to bring into my home. We can definitely use some exercise and less screen time. You are right, making it mandatory and setting the example starts with me.

    • Even doing some of your favorite activities for 5 minutes a day can make a huge difference! I try to go on a walk or run every morning but sometimes that doesn’t happen but it is the effort that counts:)

  4. I love the idea of getting exercise with the family. My boys are still little, so we are limited, but we like to go for walks around the neighborhood or to the community pools. I’ve always enjoyed workouts that are fun and group-oriented more than lifting weights.
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    • IT is true! I grew up in a very active family and I loved it so now my husband and I are raising our children in a active home as well:)

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