Welcome to a new category of my blog simply called ‘Healthy Tips.’ Many times, when I write articles for various publications, I need to find sources for the story. Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo Shine (click here) and PBS (click here) about keeping kids healthy. I was looking for experts and parents to chime in and give their favorite ‘tips’ to help kids (and their families) lead a healthy lifestyle.
The feedback for the story was amazing. The sources had some fantastic points of view that could not be ignored, and I thought their opinions should be viewed on the Your Health Journal web site.
So, enjoy my new series, with some ‘great’ insight from some ‘great’ people giving exceptional and educational points of view.
The importance of families exercising together
Hugely important- so parents can be a good example for the kids. Brings families closer together, supports a healthy lifestyle which hopefully spills over into what the family is eating.
A sedentary lifestyle has a very negative effect on our life force energy, or chi when we elevate our chi through exercise moods change for the better..
The collective energy and enthusiasm in the family increases as each individuals energy changes leading to happier healthier families
Suggestions / creative ideas to get families to exercise together
Dance parties! put on the music and take turns making up dance moves that get everyone involved. games are a fun and easy way to get exercise in without even trying- kickball, dodgeball, softball, tag!
Relay races, competitions- divide the family into teams and see which team can do the most jumping jacks or pushups in a minute- challenge each other each week to beat your own personal best, hiking is another great family activity–getting out there into nature, walking, talking, connecting.
Get a deck of cards- everyone writes their favorite exercises down and when you flip a card over you do the number of reps on the card.
Reasons why families are not exercising together as much in our modern day.
Busy schedules, too many structured activities, too much technology distracting us. keeping kids busy and involved is great, but the impact on family time is detrimental. try to find a way to connect through physical activity together at least once a week and see if your family isn’t stronger physically, mentally and spiritually!
– John Nies is former wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills and trainer to the such stars as Jon Bon Jovi. He is now the proud owner of The Power Center in Red Bank, NJ – a cutting edge wellness facility that combines Eastern spirituality with modern Western training techniques, enabling his students to find inner peace and balance while reaching their full potential of physical strength and personal power. He practices health and fitness programs with his children and offers programs for kids and adults at The Power Center.