6 Wintertime Tips for Family Fitness

  • February 24, 2015
  • News

The holiday season has come and gone, and its now time to tackle those new years resolutions. For many people, losing weight is on the top of their list. Diet changes and more exercise are the most common resolutions.

While it’s relatively simple to trade mac n’ cheese for grilled chicken and steamed veggies, many families wonder how to keep exercise fun and exciting during the winter season in the Pacific Northwest.

We hope these 6 tips for fitness activities for you and your family during wintertime will broaden your horizons and open up new opportunities for staying healthy and losing those extra pounds.

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1. Fitness Classes

Almost all gyms across the state of Washington offer a variety of fitness classes from beginner to expert athlete. Men can hire a personal trainer for some weight and cardio training sessions, or take a spinning class. Women can join Zumba, yoga, or other training classes, depending on their fitness goals. Teenagers are most often allowed to join the gym, and they can join their parents in these classes as well. For your younger ones, some gyms with swimming pools offer swimming lessons, or parents can take their kids swimming during open swim times.

Improves:

  • Strength
  • Muscle Tone
  • Agility
  • Coordination

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2. Indoor Exercise Equipment

If you have kids and are faced with the busy schedule that comes with being a parent., it might be that you cannot fit a gym membership and the time required for exercise classes into your schedule. You’re in luck. Exercise equipment is more affordable now than it has ever been before – a simple, good quality treadmill can be purchased for under $200. Having a makeshift in-house gym can make fitness far more accessible and convenient. A small investment like this can keep you active during the winter days of dreary, wet Washington weather.

Improves:

  • Cardio
  • Muscle tone

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3. Play in the Winter Wonderland

After a good snowfall, the passes are ready for snow sports and other snow-related activities. Even small children can learn to snow ski, right alongside their parents, so that the whole family can enjoy a day on the slopes. Teenagers can snowboard or ski, or the family can take a snowshoe trek through the woods. Find a nice snowy hill and bring your sledtoboggan! The treks up the hill will burn calories and strengthen leg muscles, and the kids will be having too much fun to notice!

Improves:

  • Balance
  • Muscle Tone
  • Cardio

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4. Exercise Videos

There is definitely no shortage of workout videos on the market, so you can have your pick of the lot. Kids and parents alike can have fun mirroring the instructor’s moves in the comfort of their own home, without having to buy a gym membership or pay a per-class fee. Move the coffee table and use your living room entertainment center as workout room for an hour every day. It’s as simple as that.

Improves:

  • Coordination
  • Cardio

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5. Wii Sports and Exercise Games

As the technology of today’s age continues to expand, the games become increasingly more versatile. Now, we have Wii sports and exercise games that keep the player moving and working out while they play. Other exercise games, like DanceDanceRevolution, improve hand-eye coordination as well as giving a cardio workout and improving muscle toning. Video games can now be fun and promote fitness at the same time! Take advantage of the technology you’ve invested in, and purchase games that will burn calories!

Improves:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Cardio

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6. Trampoline Gyms

While kids might turn their noses up at the thought of working out at your typical neighborhood gym, they’ll go bugged-eyed wild at the first sight of a trampoline gym. Wall-to-wall trampolines, usually complete with a dodgeball court, trampoline basketball, and an all-ages foam pit. They can work out their leg muscles and bounce for as long as their legs will last. It’s a great way to tire them out while they have the time of their lives.

Improves:

  • Leg strength
  • Cardio

Use these fantastic winter fitness opportunities to keep you and your family members fit and trim. These six types of exercise will keep you out of the drizzly weather, while creating an exciting way for every age to pursue a lifestyle of fitness and exercise.

If you’re looking for a family medicine provider who can help coach you and your family on your way to a healthier lifestyle, Community Health Center of Snohomish County is here to help. We consider it a privilege to help our patients overcome their health issues and achieve a greater quality of life. Let us know how we can help you by scheduling an appointment with us.