From now on: Let’s have regular breaks from the PlayStation for the kids and off that sofa for mum and dad. And that’s it for the purposes of a proper fitness wellbeing regime for the whole family well. Exercising with the family is not just all about fitness, but also as shared experiences and fun – an all-around program so to speak. A holistic approach of a proper family fitness program integrates topics such as nutrition, exercise and training management. Especially for beginners a personal trainer can be of great help to plan and execute the joint training so that all family members benefit from it and keeping them motivated.
Why family training?
We live in a fast time, a hectic world with computers, mobile phones, SMS, phone and so on, which offer nonstop stimuli and entertainment. Fast food chains, supermarkets and coffee-to-go, there are around every corner! Little time and the fast lifestyle seduces us to consume “fast” foods and often communicate via SMS and so forth. The family fitness training provides a little break from this lifestyle. The whole family is for about 60 to 90 minutes together, and: A weekly exercise does promote family cohesion.
When one has decided to get engaged in family fitness training, it is important to find a common goal. A prerequisite for success however is, that all family members will be in good health and free of major health problems. If any family member is obese or heavily overweight, has heart problems or chronic back problems and other things, it requires a more detailed investigation. Age also plays a major role. In large age differences between younger and older family members, possibly with limited mobility, joint training often makes less sense and therefore an individual training plan should be created.
Matching fitness wellbeing workouts
Family fitness training with small groups requires a high degree of attention and experience of trainers or instructors. Before you opt for a coach it’s recommended to check if he or she has been training small groups or families. But what types of training is suitable? A Circuit training is an excellent way to instruct everyone in the various exercises and to correct during them individually or as part of the group. This is important, because it makes the training more safe! This teaches the whole family how to proceed with each individual exercise and ensures that the objectives will be reached by the end.
The conditions for success
We recommend a training with heart rate monitors and various small devices, such as Rubber bands, balls, fitness Roles and Steps. Before each workout there should be a discussion how each individual feels and what the current state of training success or fitness is. Drinking before the exercises is very important, but nutrition issues should have been addressed as well. During the actual training make sure that everyone stays up to his level and is also supported by the coach, to train safely. Each family member has its own strengths and weaknesses, which the coaches should address and respond within the group. Remember: Wrong ambition is only a hindrance!
Highlights and Events
Once the family enjoys the sport and their activities they are bound to already celebrating the first successes, such as improved health, increased stamina and strength. If that’s the case, then further targets should be agreed upon. Many sporting events offer activities for children, adolescents and adults. It is important to comply with the prescribed age limit and to select the appropriate difficulty level. Activities such as common hiking or rock climbing and forest adventure centres are a way to put a highlight from time to time. Motivation for all family member involved is the key for a good fitness wellbeing program!
Keep your family active!