Okay, so with the holidays coming we know there will be a lot of excuses on why you can’t exercise.
“I’ve got to get the food ready for Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa.”
“I’ve got to get up early for Black Friday.”
“I’ve been out all night for Black Friday.”
“I just ate.” (Statement repeated multiple times a day)
“I want to spend time with my brother/sister/kids/family.”
“I’m snowed in.” (For all you Northerners)
Okay, it’s confession time. I am completely off my game. My husband is out-of-town for 2 weeks and my routine has been totally thrown off.
We here at TruPrevention can think of a host of reasons people should live a healthy lifestyle. So, we have complied a long list of benefits. However, we don’t want to overwhelm everyone with an ongoing list…so we’re going to send it out in a series. Oh, and just to show you that it is not some random list, we have put links to each reason, so you can read up on the “why” and “how” this is fits into the big picture of Health. To start, here is a list of 20 physical (and a couple mental) reasons to live a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy!!!
When I pull out the Yoga mat, I can pretty much guarantee what will happen next. My daughter will come around the corner and say “I want to do Yoga mommy” and proceed to go into the cutest downward facing dog I have ever seen…right in the middle of my mat. So, I attempt to do some semblance of a routine around her climbing around me, through me and over me. It doesn’t matter that I don’t get through a routine…what matters to me is that my kids are seeing that I place an emphasis on taking care of myself. And, I’m proud to say they get it. They love to show me how they can flip, roll, jump, race, do push-ups, yoga moves…you name it. If they see me or my husband doing it, they want to try it. In the end it is a win-win, we get family time, they burn off energy, I get a workout (albeit a light one) and they learn that being active is not only a priority in our house, but fun too!
Starting family workouts doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to be super organized or structured. It should be a little spontaneous and entertaining. Here are some ideas below to get you started on family fun.