February is Heart Health Month
Because children today have so many opportunities to use electronics, as parents, we need to focus on growing healthy hearts at home! Leading by example and showing children how to get their hearts pumping is a great way to let them know how much fun it can be to exercise!
Exercise time for adults is usually when we decompress before the day begins or after the day ends. It’s good alone time. It’s stress relief. But, when children see moms and dads working out, they want to do it too. What better way to set them up for lifelong healthiness! When they understand that mom or dad wants to take care of their body and try to keep it healthy and in shape, it motivates them to be healthy too. So, pick a day or two each week and work out together… enjoy the fun, bonding experience!
A few tips when working out together: work out at your own pace; don’t get your hopes up if your child, or yourself, cannot keep up. We’re not all American Ninja Warriors! It’s mainly an opportunity to introduce fitness to your children and give them a chance to have fun with exercise. Give them some pointers and try to help maintain good form with certain exercises, because learning to do it right is just as important as doing it. Let’s get started with a few at home moves that most families can accomplish together!
Don’t forget to first start with a warm-up to get everyone limbered-up and ready. Maybe high knees, or jogging in place, pretend jumping rope, or jumping jacks. Then mix it up! Let each child assemble a workout by picking three of the listed exercises. Do 10 of each exercise and try to finish a circuit: three sets of those three exercises.
With a circuit-style workout, they can also look forward to an upcoming change with the next exercise. Nobody gets bored doing the same thing for a long period of time. And of course, don’t forget to turn up the music. Music always makes exercise more fun. •
For more information contact the Thibodaux Regional Fitness Center, 985.493.4950.