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Get yourself active, your kids will follow.

Parents be active

As a fitness professional  and an active dad one of the observations that I’ve made is the inability of parents to get actively involved with their own kids when it comes to simple activities like kick the kick, a simple bike ride around the park or just joining in on the fun at the local playground.  It seems to me that parent these days are too busy checking in their Facebook status or playing games on their phones whilst missing out on valuable parenting and interacting with their kids. I’m going out on a limb here and reckon some of you agree while some of you might be offended, this is not my intent.

What I’m not suggesting is to go out and play hard and hurt yourself. What I’m asking is for you to at least have the ability to simply move around as required, have a base fitness level to keep up and have a body strong enough for you not to be sore. Seriously you shouldn’t be sore after just playing with you kids. Getting yourself “fit” does not mean you need to look like a fitness cover model and be able to play like an elite AFL player. (Would be great though)It simply means being able have a body that is able to deliver solid fitness, strength and movement.

How about taking a more proactive effort into your own personal health and incorporate a fitness regime that works around the kids while creating an opportunity to fit in a workout. Given that almost two-thirds of Australians are overweight, including one in four children It’s about time you stopped being a spectator and let the kid having all the fun. Go ahead join in and get that base fitness up, you’ll be surprised what you can achieve.

You might end up having a good time.

Here’s a couple of ways that you can find the time to get some exercise in and by extension possibly get the kids involved. From the little I know of kids they copy what you do.  So basically the old saying “monkey sees monkey do” rings true so go out and get moving, as a family should.

Fitness Tips

  • While the little ones are participating in say Gymnastics, Swimming, or Martial arts why don’t you use this opportunity to go out for a walk and time it so that you get back a little sooner and still be able to spectate the kids. In my experience the little ones won’t mind if their parents are also exercising. Why let them get all the benefits? Plus they will be pleased that you are exercising just like them.
  • What about when you take them to the park, you do take them don’t you? Get involved and don’t be the parent who just sits there and ignores their kids while they seeking your attention and approval. Go ahead and join in, even if it’s just too initially stretch out and get used to the equipment again since you last played on them.
  • Walk when you can. As simple as it sounds for most even having the desire or energy to walk is hard. How about taking the time to walk up to the shops for small items, the local park or any other regular location nearby. Take the time out and get that 30minutes in, too easy. If it’s cold put a jacket on, if it’s a light rain grab a brollie. Simply get out and walk. The 5 minute drive can be left behind.
  • Running on an oval can be a beginner’s guide to getting out and enjoying the benefits of running. It’s how I’ve managed to get my clients started. How? Simple. Start off with a few meters of running then walk for a while and repeat. An example on a footie oval would be run for about 100 meters and walk for another 200 then repeat for about 3-5 laps. From there you’ll start managing it a bit more seriously and run half, walk a quarter and repeat. All of a sudden you are knocking of laps of the oval in no time. The kids can join in by playing ball sport in the middle of the ground while you keep an eye on them – and them on you.
  • Take the little ones out for a bike ride while you run. My personal favourite as it’s a time where my wife gets to go out at her pace and has my 10year old son ride beside her. They cover anything from 8-15klms depending on her plans. This would depend on you getting better at running and fitting in some direct exercise time with the kids. I know that you might see this as hard exercise but if you start with short runs at a low intensity I’m sure you’ll get here. By the way the kids don’t see this as exercise, the just want to go for a ride with mom…or dad.

The benefits of exercise are many and can only be positive if you partake in the many activities available. So if you’re worried about the health of your family – your children’s, your spouse’s and your own, it’s about time you got moving. Too many kids and adults these days in my opinion are wasting their time in playing mindless games on their home entertaining systems, hand held video games and sadly on their mobile devices. This approach to parenting creates bad habits that your kids will follow.

Take control and get them off the games and spend time with them.

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