How to encourage your family or spouse to exercise

How to encourage your family or spouse to exercise

Motivating yourself to exercise is hard enough, but getting the rest of the family up and at 'em can be especially difficult. Balancing everybody's schedules and finding activities everyone the whole family will participate in can be a daunting undertaking. Here are a few simple ideas to get your spouse or children active and healthy.

If your husband would rather watch sports on TV from the comfort of his favorite chair rather than actually get moving himself, try setting up regular exercise date. Start with a simple, once-a-week activity, like a well-paced walk or bike ride around the neighborhood or a weekend hike at a park or nature destination. If you participate in regular fitness or yoga classes, invite him along as a way to demonstrate the benefits firsthand. From there, simply continue to build in more activities throughout the week.

To get the whole family in on the fun, investigate local cause-related 5K or fun runs that can be completed as a team. Decide on one event that everyone would like to participate in, and sign up at least two to three months in advance to give everyone time to prepare.

Once you’ve signed up, devise a weekly training schedule, set goals and chart your progress. Rather than taking all the responsibility yourself, assign weekly family captains to oversee training and progress. Consider fun rewards for reaching goals along the way, like tickets to a ballgame or amusement park.

You may also want to consider planning active vacations. There are plenty of cities across the U.S. that offer a wide variety of outdoor family adventures. The next time one of your children has a birthday, plan an active party that includes a variety of fun outdoor games. Also, consider giving sports and fitness equipment geared to your child's interests as birthday gifts.

If your kids like video games as much as most do, put the Wii to work. Wii programs offer a variety of healthy, active games and sports programs that can be done as a family. Also, remember to ask your kids what they’d like to do. They might come up with activities you never considered, like dance classes, gardening or other active pursuits that lend themselves to group participation.

Finally, if your kids want to play organized sports, get involved along with them. You can help them learn the necessary skills for their sport of choice, practice with them and even become a coach.

No matter how you choose to approach family fitness, take small steps and always emphasize the positive aspects of participating in fun, healthy activities as a family. By keeping your plan simple, fun and inclusive, you and your family will grow closer as you cultivate an active, healthy lifestyle together.

Posted: 4/09/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Exercise, Family, Healthy, Inspiration, Motivation, Spouse, Wellness

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