How to Shape Up Your Family This Summer

family bicycling How to Shape Up Your Family This SummerIt can be fun to get into shape over the summer. Some say it’s easier because the weather just seems to coax everyone outdoors and into fun activities. If you want to shape up your family this summer, here are some ideas.

1. Cookouts

The great American cookout can be a fun way to get everyone active. Picnics are similar in that they encourage everyone to get out and move. You can plan activities or just let everyone run around outside. Maybe hold a family football tournament or some other competitive activity. You can do a cookout in your backyard or at a local park with proper facilities.

Make it a regular event to reap the healthy benefits. And make sure you’re cooking healthy food – that adds to the fitness aspect of the cookout.

2. Start a garden

Gardening involves exercise, especially if you shun automatic luxuries such as gas-powered tillers, weed whackers, and other motorized amenities. Children tend to like gardening, too. Try giving them a special plot or area of the garden to tend. Gardens require maintenance, so weekly or bi-weekly “family days” in the garden are not only healthy, they are also necessary for the garden to thrive. The healthy foods that result from your efforts will enhance your family’s fitness journey.

3. Get involved in your community

A little research will reveal what your community is up to this summer. Maybe a clean-up day is being held, or a summer activity camp, or some other event that promotes wellness and exercise. There may be fundraising walks, marathons, or tours around your town. Sign the family up for more than one of these local events this summer.

4. Find an activity everyone enjoys

Family members usually appreciate being asked for input. Have a family meeting and discuss what activities everyone likes. Maybe your spouse likes biking; your youngest child enjoys swimming; your oldest likes baseball. Then, schedule these activities into your family’s routine so that everyone’s activity gets done during the month or week. Even if it’s playing tag, the point is exercise that family members enjoy specifically.

5. Taste the season

It’s summer! Produce abounds – from peaches to tomatoes to grapes. Don’t hesitate to incorporate these healthful, seasonal foods into your family’s diet. Summer is a great time for grilled vegetables, frosty fruit smoothies, and big salads.

6. Keep it positive

Try to keep the summer fitness program a positive thing. Telling the family something like, “You’re/We’re all too fat” is not necessarily the best way to get everyone enthusiastic about participating. Rather than focusing on body image, talk up the fun of the activities and the deliciousness of healthy summer foods.

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