Starting a workout routine for the whole family may seem like a far-fetched idea for some. But if you think about it, making fitness part of the family activity can go a long way in helping children form healthy habits in life. Here are some ways to make them stay more on their feet and away from the couch.
Walk or bike whenever you can
These low-impact exercises are for people of all ages. Walking or biking is a good way to work up those power muscles. You can easily do this together in the comforts of your own neighborhood or in a nature themed setting like Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna which has biking lanes and trails that make it safe and convenient for the family to go around. In case you don’t have a bicycle, Nuvali also rents them out at around P60 an hour.
Run distance with your family
Running is relatively an inexpensive and safe activity for the whole family. It is the best form of aerobic exercise as it helps maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and muscles, and improve cardiovascular fitness. It also releases endorphins in the brain which acts as a natural “drug” that cause one to be more energetic, awake, and happier. Running will not only make the whole family fit and healthy, it will also put them in a happy mood. For the best running experience, bring the family along Roxas Blvd., SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Marikina River Banks, Bonifacio Global City, or Filinvest Alabang.
Play team sports
Frisbee, kickball, soccer, badminton, swimming, and tennis can get the whole family totally active and engaged. Says tennis mom Gloren Lorente, “My husband, son, and I play tennis during weekends. Although it is a competitive sport, it is equally fun and rewarding too. We love that it exercises both our minds and bodies as it requires us to be alert and ready to hit the ball.” Sheila Neukom, on the other hand, likes the fact that engaging in sports with their kids allow them the chance to know their personalities well. She shares, “When we are doing sports together, we get to see who among our kids is conservative, adventurous, or simply crazy. With sports, it also becomes easy for us to encourage them to be open and brave in trying new things.”
Do family yoga
Work together, relax, and enjoy each other’s company by practicing family yoga. Krissy Manalo, licensed Yoga instructor shares, “Family yoga is a fun activity. It is less structured than ordinary adult class. It gives the children an avenue to do different poses and move in different ways alongside their parents. It develops focus, attention, and cooperation among family members.” You may inquire about family yoga classes in yoga studios near you or contact Kids One Yoga (0915-8965327) and Yoga Philippines (0917-5009642) for classes and schedule.
Zumba your way to fitness
Zumba is perfect for families who love dancing. Mom of three and licensed Zumba instructor Rosanna Atendido of Beyond Yoga relates that, “My daughter, Mikah, comes with me when she’s off from school. She loves to dance as much as I do. I also had daughters attend my class with their moms. What’s nice about Zumba is “it’s a workout in disguise” so if it’s difficult for parents to get their kids to exercise, this might be a good alternative. You can pop an instructional Zumba video at home or join classes handled by licensed Zumba instructors at Beyond Yoga (igobeyondyoga.com) which has branches in Alabang, Fort, Rockwell, Libis, Greenhills, Fairview, and soon in Salcedo. They offer Zumba Jr. and Zumba Kids geared towards the younger generations. You may also visit zumba.com to check for a class near you.
*Originally published at March 2015 issue of Working Mom. Article by Blanca dela Cruz.