Perhaps you’ve heard of the saying that a family that prays together stays together. But what if a family works out together?
Exercise is something important for everyone’s health and well-being. When a family exercises together, they will not only stay together but also be healthy. Healthy people under one roof translates into a happier and higher quality of life.
That said, what better way to create a healthy, happy family than to ease your family’s lifestyle into physical fitness and proper nutrition? Having your entire family come together to remember the importance of engaging in physical activities and eating the right kind of food is paramount. Good health is always easier to attain when you have a strong support system. Imagine the progress you would make if your entire family had a collective initiative and took a collaborative effort to set fitness goals and create a nutritional plan!
If you, as a family, have just ventured into this, here are tips for creating a family fitness plan.
Evaluate Family Fitness and Nutrition Status
Let’s start with evaluating your current family fitness and nutritional status. It is best to assess and evaluate the current state of each individual’s physical activity, fitness level, and eating habits. This is important to know where the family members are starting in terms of physical well-being and nutrition. Later on, this will make it easier for you to craft the best and most appropriate fitness plan.
When it comes to evaluating physical fitness, there should be a standard assessment to see where everyone stands. Have at least a few basic measurements taken, such as weight, BMI, and waist girth. Next, go through some basic fitness tests like running, walking, or cycling for cardio, as well as some lightweight and flexibility assessment. Evaluate your family’s activity levels, types of activities, and sedentary time as well.
When it comes to assessing nutrition, it’s essential to look at what each family member consumes on a daily basis. It’s best to start with a three-day diary, where each member of the family completes a detailed journal, including everything they eat, the times of day they eat, and any notes about how they felt before, during, and after eating.
Once the evaluation of physical fitness and nutrition has been completed, it will be now easy to proceed with the next course of action – that is, creating a family fitness and nutrition plan.
Planning for Physical Fitness
Planning for family activities related to physical fitness will depend on the dynamics of your family and should be based on the evaluation of your current fitness status. You would know what works best for you. If not, you can consult a fitness expert to help you plan your family fitness activities. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to doing this. However, below are some things you can consider trying:
//Total house-cleaning day
Fitness involves more than the time you spend in the gym. Doing chores is a great way to get your activity levels up. It’s also a great way to spend time with your family, transforming your home into something clean and beautiful!
//Family walk, jog, or bike ride
Consider going on walks, jogs, or bikes on weekend mornings with your family.
This can be a fun way to get in some stretching and strength building with your loved ones.
//Jump up and quick exercises
If your family watches TV together, consider doing small activities at home during commercial breaks such as push-up challenges or squat holds.
When on vacation, consider trying rock climbing, hiking, geocaching, swimming, or anything else that is new for the whole family on a regular basis. You can do it at home, too!
//Family dance party
This can be a fun and active way to work up a sweat with the whole family.
Kids love tech, so why not use apps to make fitness more fun?
Planning for Good Nutrition
In general, a family should take the lead in setting their nutrition goals and planning how they can meet them. Carving a meal plan, being wary of grocery shopping, and letting the kids get involved are some of the effective strategies to can help. Read below:
What better way to do family meal planning than to have your family come up with their own meal plan that includes ideas for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the whole week? Once done, go over it with them to make any changes for better nutrition.
A good meal planning all starts in the grocery store. That being said, your family can write a shopping list based on the meals you’ll make during the week. Be wary of choosing only those that are healthy and nutritious. Make sure that you prioritize those green leafy vegetables and fruits!
//Get Kids Involved
Getting your kids involved is a great way for kids to learn about nutrition and to begin developing good eating habits. Let them have a say on each and every meal as long as their suggestions are healthy and nutritious.