This week's guest blogger is Mollie Keitges of Real Fitness Group Exercise and Personal Training Studio. She is a great encourager and motivates everyone around her to embrace a more active lifestyle. With three small kids of her own, I asked her to share ideas for turning family time into fun, exercise time. I love to photograph families at play and am always looking for new ideas! Check out Mollie's tips below, and we'll play at your next session, too!
The family that plays together... stays together.
I’m sure you’ve thought about how regular exercise benefits you; like keeping your weight in check, keeping your heart healthy or simply looking good in a tank top. But have you thought about how you being fit and healthy through regular exercise benefits your family? Taking the time to make your health and fitness a priority is one of the best examples you can set for your children. Regular exercise generates self-confidence and energy. Regular exercise helps your body to function at it’s peak and is an excellent form a stress management. When your body is working at its best you have the energy to be the best possible parent. Exercise makes you feel good and when you feel good it is better for everyone around you!
One of the best ways to get exercise into your life is to turn family time into exercise time. Not only will your family be healthier, but what is more memorable: watching the Disney channel or turning your backyard or basement into a crazy obstacle course? Will your kids remember another McDonald’s happy meal or the picnic after the amazing nature hike? When they are grown up will they remember another day of grumpy or the joy of your family crossing the finish line at your local 5K together? Let the kids choose and instead of standing by and watching, channel your inner kid, jump in and have fun with them. Being active together will create memories that last a lifetime while establishing a healthy life for you and your children! The family that plays together... stays together.
Ready to get started? First turn off the TV, then play! Whiffle ball, Frisbee, dodge ball, soccer, or tag; nature hikes, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, or sledding; bike rides, run/walk a 5K, or even a yoga video - the possibilities are endless!
1. Play Ball
4. Walk on the Beach
5. Walk Down the Train Tracks
6. Walk through the Fields
9. Climb a Tree
10. Climb on Anything!
14. Fly in the Air
15. Explore on a Nature Hike
16. Ride a Horse