Go for a post-dinner walk
Research shows that routine and consistent post dinner walks decrease the chance of diabetes as we age and can decrease a diabetics A1C by 25%. Weather permitting, take a nice walk with your family around the neighborhood or to your local park. Burn calories before your meal or after dessert. You can even bring your family pet. Don’t have a pet, look for a local shelter and offer assistance dog walking!
Sneak workouts into other activities
Have your toddler walk instead of riding in the cart at the grocery store. Take the stairs or walk up the escalator whenever possible. Walk your children to school if the weather permits and school is close enough. Trade television time after dinner for playtime at the park or in the backyard.
Crank up the music Hold family dance night with your family! Move the furniture aside, turn up the music, and let the kids take turns using a flashlight as a strobe light. Dancing for 30 minutes or a few fun hours will really get the heart rate up and build everyone’s cardiovascular health.
Involve the whole family in housework
Get everyone involved in keeping the family home running smoothly. Children can help with everyday housework inside and outside the home. Fall cleaning is a great opportunity for kids to help with yard work. During the fall season, kids can rake leaves and help weed the flower beds. Children are great at digging up dirt, so let them turn over the soil and help you plant new bulbs. Gardening is as effective as weight training when it comes to preventing osteoporosis as we age. If you have always wanted to plant your own vegetable garden, make it a family adventure. This may help make vegetables more appetizing to children. Inside the home, kids can assist with laundry and age-appropriate chores. All these activities can help the entire family be more active.
Have a weekly sports night
Every Wednesday, for example, get everyone up and moving. One game to play is the fit-deck shuffle. You can buy a ready-made set of exercise cards or design your own. Create a series of playing cards featuring family-friendly exercises, such as bear-crawling, jumping jack, or crab-walking. Each family member picks a card and performs the exercise pictured until all the cards have been dealt.
Walk or run for charity
Support a good cause and take advantage of a great opportunity to exercise. You can walk or run with your family while showing them the importance of giving back. Many organizations have started to schedule virtual and in-person 5k races this fall. Keep an eye out for your local church, college, and organizations like Thibodaux Regional who offer opportunities for families to walk or run together! •
For more information contact the Thibodaux Regional Fitness Center, 985.493.4950.