Staying fit as a family

Health is wealth, so they say. The same rings true when it comes to our families. 

With childhood obesity and type II diabetes on the rise, ensuring that your family stay active is more important than ever. The habits around exercising and eating we form as children often stay with us into adulthood, meaning that it is critical they we help our kids establish a healthy approach to activity and food from the beginning. What’s more, being active as a family give us more opportunity to spend quality time together and enjoy each other’s company. These simple tips will help you stay fit and healthy as a family.

Lead by example

As a parent, you are the most influential force in your young children’s lives. This means that more often than not, that the way your live will rub off on directly on your kids. If you are inactive and unhealthy, it’s likely that your kids will be the same. However, if you prioritise your health through regular exercise and nutritious food, this way of living will probably become the norm and expectation for your kids. Through your actions, teach your kids the value of exercise and healthy wholesome food, setting them on the right path as they grow up.

Friday fitness fun day

For many families, Fridays are a special day dedicated to spending time together. This makes Fridays the perfect time to be active together as a family. While typical Fridays often involve a family lunch or visiting relatives, try to also incorporate a fun activity that will get you and your kids moving. This could involve a family picnic in the park or by the beach where you bring along a football or Frisbee. It could also be something as simple as putting on the music at home and holding a family dance-off. Whatever you choose, just make sure that you are moving and everyone will be happier and healthier because of it.

Fitness date night

When it comes to spending time with your significant other, rather than a movie or dinner, why not try learning a new skill or activity together such as salsa, golf or diving. This can be a great way to bond, all the while having fun and adding some gentle exercise into your routine. If you’re looking for something more fitness heavy, make kickboxing classes, runs, gym workouts or personal training sessions part of your weekly schedule together. This way you can motivate, challenge, and celebrate fitness or weight loss wins and milestones with each other. Not only will you have a stronger body, but also a stronger relationship.

What are your tips to staying fit as a family?


Nidhal Aouali

Coach, Oman Kickboxing Club

Instagram: @nidhalaouali and omankickboxingclub

Staying fit as a family
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