As you all know with the beginning of a New Year comes those wonderful “New Year’s Resolutions.” Personally, I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many years ago because I was not being successful by trying to make all of those changes at one time. Plus, I found that I would not adequately prepare for the changes before trying to start them. I would write 4 or 5 of them down, hang them on the refrigerator and expect the changes to happen. Now, I find one change I would like to make and plan out how to best be successful at that change. My “New Year’s” resolution (notice this is singular) starts with planning in November. Then, two months later I am ready to implement the change. Once February starts I start thinking and planning of a change I will make in April and the cycle continues. Sometimes it is the same change with a different plan and sometimes it is the same plan with a redefined goal. But it is always a consistent cycle with one change at a time.
When I first started this post that is not what I was going to write about as should be able to tell by the title. So here is the transition, with changes include the family (and/or friends), everyone can benefit from being more active. Plus, it can make things more enjoyable and they can have different ideas what to do. If you have children, talk to them about what you are doing and let them have input in the process, not only the activities and snacks but the reward system as well. When was the last time you held a danced party in the living room, played hop-scotch, hula-hooped, pretended to be your favorite animal or balance on the edge of a cliff? These are easy things to do with your kids and who knows it just might make you feel a little younger inside as well. Do make sure that the fitness plan you chose is appropriate for your child’s age, ability and fitness level.
A few other things should be mentioned when talking about family fitness plans. Set a good example in all aspects, if you have increased activity levels make sure you are not countering that by offering non-nutrition snacks or spending more time in front of the TV or computer. Also, establish a routine. Have a set time each day or 3 days per week that are for activity. Lastly, promote activity and not exercise. Make things fun and interesting, movement is the key.
Make the most of the day you are given.