How You and Your Family Can Get Fit Together

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8/23/2011 6:00 AM   :  5 comments   :  6,250 Views

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It's time to get out and get moving! Start a walking workout today and lose those stubborn pounds. And while experts encourage adults to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise -- like walking -- a minimum of five days a week, your kids should get at least one full hour every day. So rally the whole gang and make walking a family affair!

Group Effort

One Day a Week: Transform your family into a "team in training." Head out for a 90-minute (or longer) hike. Walk as if you're a little late for an important date. You'll burn well over 500 calories on this outing, especially if you find some hills to conquer.

Two Days a Week: Break a sweat for 20 to 40 minutes. For kids, this could be a game of soccer or capture the flag. Adults: Power walk, swim laps, lift weights, or try an aerobics class.

Three Days a Week: Make these your easy days. You may "need" only 30 minutes of moderate daily activity, but you'll benefit (and lose more weight) by matching your kids' daily 60-minute goal. Walk the kids to school, ride bikes before dinner, or turn some yard work into a project for the entire family.

End of the Week: Go for a celebratory jaunt. Give a little cheer for the fact that you've blasted an extra 2,000 calories in just six days.

Consult a physician before beginning any new exercise program.
Next: Fun incentives to get kids moving!

Get fit as a family. Some ideas to get you started:
How does your family stay fit together? What is your biggest challenge when it comes to family workouts?


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