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Four ways to stay fit as a family
Keeping fit as a family is fun and healthy. As parents, we have the opportunity to get active with our children. We can tell them to exercise, but leading by example has a more positive effect.
I will share four physical activities that my family and I participate in together. I hope they give you new ideas and inspire you to become more active as a family.
#1 Paddle boating
I consider paddle boating to be an enjoyable activity. Last week, my family and I rented a paddle boat from a local park. We enjoyed the scenery as we paddled to different locations. During our hour on the water, we were able to take pictures and enjoy each others company. Paddle boating allowed us to burn calories while having a good time. After paddle boating, we headed to the playground so the kids could enjoy more physical activity.
My family and I find pleasure in hiking together. We enjoy going to state parks and choosing different trails to complete. It is marvelous to be surrounded by nature while enjoying a family walk. Trail walks offer plenty of photographic opportunities for those who enjoy photography. I recommend packing plenty of water and snacks in a backpack. When we work together to complete a trail, it promotes bonding and a feeling of accomplishment. Boosting metabolism as a family couldn't be more fun.
Any type of biking is good for promoting physical activity. Not everyone in my family owns a bike, so we take advantage of rentals. Our favorite place to rent bikes is at the beach. We rent multi-person bikes that accompany up to six people. Our family consists of two adults and three children. Multi-person bikes allow four of us to pedal at a time. Everyone must work as a team as they pedal. If one person doesn't pedal with enough force, others are forced to work harder.
#4 Family walks that include race challenges
Kids love a challenge. They earn bragging rights if they beat their parents at a race. My husband and I will challenge our children to a race during family walks. This is a great way to encourage short durations of high intensity running. Sometimes, my 11-year-old daughter swims laps with me, and many times we will have a race. Even my 5-year-old daughter likes to try catching me in a game of tag. After she chases me, I get try to catch her.
Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is avid about swimming, jogging and other athletic activities.
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