If you want to lose weight, you know how hard it can be, particularly if you have a demanding family life. NHS Heroes The truth is, you are unlikely to be successful unless you can get everyone involved in your quest for physical fitness. In order to do that, though, you need to get them excited about taking the journey with you. The following tips can help get your family up and moving.
Get their competitive juices flowing
Tip: Take time off the phone and use it for some slimming exercises. Instead of just being stationary while talking, move around while on the phone.
Come up with a few tricks to turn everyday physical activities into friendly competitions. For example, at the end of a family walk, you can have a “race” to see who can get back to the house first (without running). Or, try hosting a dance party. Nominate one person to be the judge while the other members of the family try to impress him or her with their fanciest moves. Once a “winner” is crowned, that person becomes the judge and the game continues. With a little creativity, you can even turn something as boring as sit-ups into a fun family challenge.
Learn a new sport
Tip: One tried-and-true weight loss tip is to drink water instead of anything else you have to choose from. Other drinks, like soda and coffee have too many calories.
Sit down together and have the family choose a sport that they are all interested in. Some choices include martial arts, tennis or horseback riding. As you make your selection, think about how old the children are and choose something that will cater to all age ranges. Engaging in a family activity will also give you the opportunity to practice with one another in the evenings as well.
Hold family boot camps
Tip: Each time you reach a weight loss goal, no matter how big or small it is, make sure that you allow yourself to celebrate your success. Have a massage, take an extra yoga class or enjoy a healthy treat.
Once a week, have a family boot camp. Make it fun by allowing a different member of the family to lead the camp each week. That person can choose what activities to do (younger children might need help but will still have fun) and, at the end of the camp, can crown the new leader for next week.
Get active with friends
Tip: One great exercise that promotes weight loss is climbing the stairs. By avoiding the elevator and taking the stairs instead, you are getting a good workout and burning those calories.
Every once in a while, plan an active outing with another family. Go hiking in the woods or make a trip to a local swimming pool. Having a few friends along for the journey will increase your children’s enthusiasm for the physical task at hand. You could even just invite a few neighbors over for a quick game of soccer in the back yard; it doesn’t have to be anything fancy in order for everyone to have fun.
Tip: When attempting to lose weight, do not be secretive about it and keep it from others. They can be valuable sources of support and motivation if you share your plans with them.
If you don’t have any plans but know you need to get everyone moving, simply round them all up and go outside. Children are creative. Before you know it, you will all be actively engaged in some type of game, and changes are, it will involve physical activity.
Losing weight is going to be a challenge no matter what you do, but it will be that much harder if you are trying to increase your activity level while meeting resistance from your family. To make sure that isn’t a problem, simply get everyone involved with your journey. Use the tips above to encourage your family to get up, moving and having fun.