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Making Family Fitness Fun!

Make working out a family affair by incorporating your kids! Parents lead by example and kids will model their behavior.  Getting active and having fun with your children is a great alternative to traditional workouts. 

o    Have a Ball- Using a basketball, soccer ball or medicine ball, you can do some simple but effective exercises.

  • Squat and toss: stand 4-5 feet apart, legs wide and squat and toss the ball to each other
  • Partner ab crunches with a ball:  lie on the ground with knees bent and toes touching. Simultaneously do a crunch and then toss the ball to your partner.

o    Mirror Mirror – By facing each other while you exercise, you can encourage each other to keep pushing.

  • Patty-cake push-ups: Face each other in a knee push-up position and do a push-up and then slap each other’s hand.  Repeat as many times as you can.
  • Follow the leader: Take turns leading and following.  One partner does different moves and the other follows (i.e. jogging in place, push-ups, squats, etc.)

o    Drills & Thrills- Make your own obstacle course with things you already have around the house – cones, tunnels, chairs, balls & more.  Time yourself and see if you can get faster each time you go through the course.

o    Freestyle!–Dust off the hula hoops, jump ropes, bikes, scooters or whatever inspires you to get moving.  Blast your favorite tunes and have a dance party!  Take the dogs for a long walk. Hit the backyard or a neighborhood park and play a family pick-up game of soccer, basketball or volleyball.

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