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Tag! You're Fit! By Denis Faye
Latest trend in fitness: playing with the kids!
Just finished your latest round of Power 90®? Ready for a little break from spinning, yoga, or Pilates? Looking for the next big trend in exercise?
I'm here to tell you all about it. They're small, they're fun, and they're a never-ending source of energy! Many of us already have them in our homes and, heck, we invest so much time, effort, and money in them, why not use them to get in shape?
That's right! I'm talking about kids! Yes, kids! You're looking for a fun way to get fit. They're looking for a fit way to have fun, so why not exercise together?
Still not sold? Let's have a little peek at some of the benefits:
Sold yet? I hope so. Now, the next step. You have the kid, you have the motivation. How do you go about it? Here are a few ideas:
For more information on children and fitness, have a look at these past newsletter articles:
Home Fitness: A Family Affair
By Steve Edwards
One of the easiest ways to stay on an exercise program is to have peer support. And the best place to find this is at home. Each year, when it's time to choose contest winners for events like our Hawaii trip (which is this week), we find that our short list is filled with couples and families.
One of the best examples is the Young family, of Ware Shoals, South Carolina, who went to Hawaii last year, courtesy of Beachbody. In their first 90 days, Mike Young, his wife Christy and daughter Samantha, 12, lost a total of nearly 70 pounds and re-vamped their lives. Making it a family affair was a primary key to their success.
Hawaii wasn't the goal. "We didn't do it for the contest. We just wanted to get in shape," said Christy.
Christy and Samantha worked out together each morning before they left for work and school. Having a partner makes it nearly impossible to miss a workout, since both parties would have to want to skip it or they'd be bugging the other.
The biggest change, however, was in their eating habits. With the entire family committed to healthier eating, shopping became a snap. "We don't buy munchies anymore," said Mike. "If we want a snack it will be a piece of fruit."
This provided the biggest change for Samantha, who had gained 18 pounds mainly from snacking after school. Swapping Little Debbie's in favor of fruit and cutting out fast food were paramount to her success. As was taking her lunch to school.
Christy said another key was learning how to order in restaurants. Simple changes like getting broiled chicken instead of fried, and steamed veggies instead of fries made a major difference. As did cutting out soda.
These lifestyle changes work just as well for individuals, but it's so much easier if you've got support at home.
"I'm 37 years old and I'm in better shape now than I was in the Army," says Mike.