I have to admit exercise is definitely my down fall, and incorporating it into our homeschool day has not really happened. He does go to rugby twice a week and swimming but other than that this is something that has slipped. Of course children run around all day and with endless play dates I don’t need to worry. However, I really want to get into introducing family exercise as part of our homeschool day.
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The reason I want to do family exercise is as much for him as it is for me. I just don’t do exercise at all. In fact any opportunity to do exercise I will shy away from. I am overweight and I really want to get in shape, so I thought if we could do some exercise as a family it would work well. I mean, I can’t give up if I won’t let Freddie give up! What kind of message would that send!
As I am very self conscious I thought as an initial step we would do some family exercise videos. In the comfort of our own home!!
Family Exercise Videos on YouTube
I have been looking at YouTube for inspiration and thought I would share the best YouTube Fitness Videos we could find.
- Fitness Blender
- Refit Revolution
- Learn A Great New Dance For (And With) Your Kids
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Cow Boy Line Dance Instruction
- Jam Time Dance
- Jenny Ford Kids Fitness Videos
- Yoga with Adriene
- Kidz Bop
- Body Groove
- The Fitness Marshall
- Pop Sugar Fitness
- GoNoodle – Get Moving
Other Family Exercise Ideas
We have started to allow one hour at the start of our day to do some sort of exercise. Mostly we watch one of the YouTube exercise videos above. But these are a few other ideas:
- Couch to 5k
- Bike ride (although I can’t ride a bike!!)
- Walking to the park
- Trampolining (check out the health benefits of trampolining in a previous post.)
Benefits Of Families Exercising Together
The reason I wanted to exercise as a family was for my own selfish reasons if I am honest. If I started exercising with Freddie I wouldn’t be able give up.
Also we have such a giggle while doing the exercise videos, especially the yoga ones. I am 41 and unfit, and incredibly inflexible. I often end up on the floor in floods of laughter. But it is something we can do together, for free. While getting fitter. It is an absolute win win. Although when I can’t move the next day it is not so fun for me!!
It is a great way to start our homeschool day, as we are both so much more motivated. Well in my case I am desperate to sit down and have a break!!
The Benefits of Keeping Fit As A Family
I am classed as clinically obese now, and this is absolutely not something I am proud of. Exercising as a family is my way of showing Freddie this isn’t an acceptable life choice. (I know this is not always the case, but in my situation, I am overweight because I eat too much and don’t do enough exercise.)
Recent research from the University of Cambridge found that if parents were active, their children were 10% more likely to work out. “As a society, we have become more aware of health and fitness, so we are proactive in finding ways to exercise,” says performance and sports psychologist Michael Inglis. “Parents want to be positive role models to their children.”
What is your favourite way of keeping fit? Please let me know in the comments.