Healthy Habits Start Early: Kids and Exercise

[et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”on”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://theredwoodclubpetaluma.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TRCBlogOct15-web.jpg” alt=”Healthy Habits Start Early: Kids and Exercise” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”on” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ specialty_columns=”2″][et_pb_row_inner admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column_inner type=”4_4″ saved_specialty_column_type=”1_2″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] From the beginning, kids look to their parents to navigate and understand the basic foundations of life. Parents act as the first mentors, role models, and supporters, showing their children what is right and wrong, and what it takes to have a healthy, happy life. When it comes to exercise and fitness, this dynamic is no different; your habits surrounding health and exercise directly influence those of your children. By modeling a healthy and active lifestyle and incorporating exercise into life as a fun activity done together, you can ensure your children will continue to prioritize a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column_inner][/et_pb_row_inner][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] So where to begin? Thinking of fun, creative ways to exercise with your children can make a big difference in making the habit stick. Here are 5 ideas you can try at home with your family.

  1. Family Olympic Games.Come up with a list of events you’d all like to try and then hit the park. You will get a great workout and create a wonderful bonding opportunity. It might even become a family tradition.
  2. Dance. Dancing is great exercise and is a lot of fun. Bonus that it can happen right in your living room and also is a big confidence builder. Try taking turns playing your favorite songs, giving each family member a chance to share.
  3. Build in extra steps. Show your kids that it isn’t important to get the closest parking spot at the store. Take the stairs at the mall instead of the escalator. The day is full of opportunities to get in a little extra movement. Show your family how they can build exercise into their daily life.
  4. Video games. That’s right. There are plenty of games out there now that blend play with exercise. Look into consoles and options that have bowling, tennis, dance, and much more. This can help cross a generational gap and meet your child in the middle.
  5. Look into options at your gym. Many gyms offer fitness classes or sports camps for children. At the Redwood Club, we love including the whole family, so feel free to talk to a trainer about possibilities for working out together with your child. This is especially good for older children and teenagers and can also create a wonderful bonding experience.

It can be hard work to be everything to a child, but the wonderful part of this dynamic is that your little ones can be a reminder to you how important it is to take care of yourself and stay healthy! By exercising as a family, you get extra time together to play and establish healthy habits for everyone. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]