Most people already understand the importance of exercising regularly and staying in good shape. But have you ever considered making exercise into a family activity? Let me tell y’all: forming a habit of exercising together has been one of the greatest gifts for my family. Here are some of the benefits of getting active as a family that you and your family will experience when you try it out yourself.
Stay in Shape Together
It’s decidedly harder to stay dedicated to working out when you’re doing it alone. But when the entire family is doing it together, you all have so many more layers of accountability and can all find the motivation you need to succeed. If your kids are older and you have a gym membership, consider heading there as a family. Alternatively, you can find a fun, outdoor activity to do together, like taking a family bike ride or hike on the weekend.
Help Your Kids Form Healthy Habits
Especially if you are the parent of young kids, exercising as a family will help you to instill healthy habits in your children at an early age. Teach your kids to stay active now, and they’ll be far more likely to retain that lifestyle later. This way, you’ll be doing them a favor: they won’t be left lost as to how to form that habit after they’ve moved out of the house.
Strengthen the Family Bond
Arguably, one of the most important benefits of getting active as a family is the chance to strengthen your family bond. Between hectic schedules and the responsibilities of everyday life, moments when the entire family is together can be few and far between. Do yourself a favor and schedule some time to do a fun activity with the kids. This will give you all time to get to know one another even better, hear more about each other’s lives, and even learn to work as a team.
It’s a Lot of Fun!
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore—especially when you do it with a buddy, it can be great fun! Going to the gym to lift weights with your young kids might not necessarily be the best option, but you can certainly find other active pastimes to keep your family entertained. Recently, my husband and I tried hiking and taking a camping trip with the kids. At first, they were doubtful, but between the beautiful, wooded scenery and the adventure of the whole experience, we ended up having a great time! Choose a fun activity that your whole family will love, and don’t be afraid to try something new.