Life Coaching Blog Five Ways to Inspire Your Family

“The greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” Joyce Meyer

All in the Family: One of the biggest motivators I hear from people for wanting to get healthy and fit, is that so they will have more energy and strength to play with their kids and their grandkids. This is a powerful picture they hold in their minds to motivate them on days when they would rather stay in bed than take a morning walk, or when heading to the gym on their lunch hour seems like too much work. One way to make the most of this impulse is to include the kids in some part of the fitness program. Many kids don’t spend enough time being active, so by including them in the activity, it benefits everyone, and it’s a lot more fun.

5 Ways to Inspire Your Family (and yourself) to be Active:

Speak their language: Don’t call exercise by it’s name. Instead, turn it into a game. Running around the block can turn into a practice in finding new ways to run; try sideways, backwards, or alternating skipping, walking and running.

Let them Choose: Let your child or grandchild decide what activity to do.  Commit to doing what they want, as long as you can do it safely.  If it doesn’t feel safe for you, modify the activity so you can do it in your own way.  Say your son wants to go skateboarding, and you haven’t been on a skateboard in 20 years, maybe you can bike beside her while she skates.

Lead the Way: Set an active example for everyone in your family.  No one wants to be told what to do, especially by someone who is not doing it themselves. Once you decide you want to be active consistently, stay on that program, knowing that you are being watched by the people you love most, and if you keep inviting them to join you, at some point, they probably will.

Find Something Everyone is New at: Make a pact with your family to try one new activity every month.  It could be roller skating this month, yoga next month, and rock climbing the month after. Get instruction if you need to, and be sure you have safety gear to keep you from getting hurt.

Bring Movement into Daily Activities: Turn what you already do into an active adventure. When you park the car to go shopping, park on the top of the parking structure so you get to climb the stairs to get back to your car.  Have a push-up, sit-up, and jumping jack contests during commercials of your favorite tv show.

‘The Well’ Kalia Kelmenson – mauimindandbody.com