Are you actively promoting health and fitness in your family? The Little Gym of The Upper East Side knows that the popularity of video games reflects how kids are more sedentary and screen-dependent than previous generations. Get the whole family on board with these family-friendly activities instead:
- Dance: Turn your living room into a dance floor! Put on some upbeat tunes and exercise by dancing with your family. A half hour to an hour of sweat-inducing dancing is a great way to show your children how fun exercising can be. For maximum results, make a playlist of all your family’s favorite songs.
- Family Walks: If weather conditions permit, go for a 30 to 60 minute walk with your family. You can use this quality time to bond and share details about each other's lives. You'll also save transportation money by running errands at nearby stores.
- Get Creative: If you keep your kids’ interests in mind, you will come up with ideas that are enjoyable for everyone. For instance, if your daughter is obsessed with a particular video game, instead of taking it away or buying an exercise-themed one, use that game as a catalyst to get her fit. While playing her favorite racing game's soundtrack, run around and pretend to be the characters that are "racing" each other. If your children like sports games, show them that sports are more fun to play in real life than on a screen. For kids who like shooting games, load up some Nerf guns and let the games begin!
A healthy lifestyle is important for children and adults alike. Contact The Little Gym of The Upper East Side to get your family started on the path to wellness in 2015 by calling (212) 787-1124.