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Make Exercising A Family Affair!

The New Year is a great kickoff for incorporating healthy movement into your life. Make exercise a regular part of your families daily activities. Incorporating your children into your workout routine is a great way to meet and exceed your fitness goals. The following suggestions are tips to help promote keeping fit for the entire family.

Japanese and American children play in a ninja obstacle exercise at the Youth Center during a visit on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 23, 2015. During the visit, Japanese and American children played ping pong, and other games, and ate American style lunch together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

Confidence Builder

Staying active can instill confidence in a child. You can begin by making this a group family activity. Saturday or Sunday morning bike rides through a trail can be a fun way to get moving. You can involve your kids by having them choose the trail that they would like to navigate each week. Pack a picnic lunch or finish your ride with a fresh fruit smoothie.

John Walters, right, a physiologist with the Health and Wellness Center, leads children in jumping jacks prior to participating in the Children's Mobility Line at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 22, 2013. The Children?s Mobility Line gives children a sense of their parents? duties in an effort to relieve some of their anxiety when their parents deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik/Released)

Make it Fun

Finding an activity or hobby that is enjoyable and fun will make it easier for your child to stay active. If they enjoy the water, take them to the pool or sign them up for swim classes. If your child excels at sports, how about baseball, soccer or basketball? You can help introduce them to various activities by throwing a ball around in the backyard or shooting hoops. Once they’ve found something they’re passionate about, you won’t have to nag them to get moving.

Extra-Curricular Activities at School
In addition to keeping active at home, your child’s school will have an assortment of extra-curricular activities that will help promote a healthier lifestyle. From football and cheerleading to track and field, they’re sure to find something that they enjoy doing. You can support their endeavors by being present at their games and cheering them on.

exercising with your child

Set a Good Example
If you want your child to avoid becoming a couch potato, you need to set a good example for them. This means making exercise an important part of your lifestyle and exercising with your child. If you have a gym membership, you can include your child in your monthly pass. From playing racquetball and swimming to Zumba and using the various equipment, you’re sure to set a solid foundation for their future health and wellness.

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