Getting the family together for fun and creating an active lifestyle is a vital part of living well. Not only does it encourage quality time together, but it ensures your children are staying active too. As parents, we’re always looking for more ways to spend time with the kids. But with busy schedules, conflicting work hours and homework to be taken into consideration, it’s easy to get caught up just sitting at home with everyone doing their own thing.
Fitness training at home is an easy way to help everyone achieve their health and wellbeing goals. You can set targets together, commit to them together and tick them off together, all while supporting and encouraging one another. But how do you inspire your kids to get off those iPads and get moving? Here’s why family fitness training at home is so important and how you can make it work for your family.
Why Family Fitness at Home is Important
All parents should be promoting healthy lifestyles for their children as early as possible. In this technological age more kids are glued to the TV, smartphone or computer after school. It’s getting increasingly harder to drag them away from these inanimate devices and motivate them to do something different, that can also be fun and engaging. Family fitness at home is beneficial for teaching healthy lifelong habits, improving social and communication skills and bonding as a family. It’s also extremely cost effective fitness training.
Getting Fit at Home vs. Gym and Other Places
Gym memberships can be pricey and not everyone feels comfortable training at the gym. In addition, children and teens under the age of 15 are generally not permitted access to 24-hour gyms. Meanwhile, schools aren’t offering as much physical training as we may want and there’s often safety concerns with kids training at public parks. This usually leads to, along with the ever-growing addiction to social media, kids holed-up in their rooms in front of a computer.
While they do need sufficient study time to complete homework, getting fit at home as a family can pull your kids away from sedentary pursuits. And if you’re getting fit with them, that can be motivational and inspiring.
Working out at home together as a family has great advantages including being a more cost-effective and rewarding way to tick off those health goals.
Use Equipment with Interactive Features
One of the most effective ways to get children and teens interested in using home fitness equipment is to ensure it’s both fun and interactive. Jumping on just any treadmill or bike isn’t for everyone and it’ll be harder to motive those at home without some exciting incentive. We’ve got a great solution to get the entire family exercising at home with the latest interactive technology included on some of our home exercise equipment.
In fact, you may find your teens will soon be arguing over whose turn it is to use your exercise equipment – a good situation to have.
The integration of iPad and smart- phone holders and the inclusion of interactive and challenging applications takes working out at home to a new level. Challenge friends and family or be ‘virtually’ transported to another location. Using Google maps technology, once you’re all setup, type the place you would like to see and you will be exercising there (virtually), in seconds.
Apps compatible with our fitness equipment include Run on the Earth and Fit Hi-Way.
- Users can race with their friends online. Or compete with others records.
- Users can set up a workout target by distance, calorie, or time.
- Users can create an account to record their workout summary by day, week, or month.
- Users can watch videos during exercise.
- Users can also easily share workout data on FaceBook, Twitter, and other social sites
Encourage Some Friendly Competition
There’s nothing like some friendly competition between family members! Get set up and let the exercise games begin. Makes training at home fun and social, while achieving health and fitness goals in the process.
To find out more about training at home and interactive fitness equipment suitable for the family, contact one of our staff today.