Married to a couch potato? Kids glued to the computer or TV? To get them physically active, “create a positive, bonding, fun, family fitness experience that offers a platform for a lifelong love of being active,” says Debi Pillarella, MEd, a fitness specialist with the American Council on Exercise. This means no bossy “drill-sergeant” calisthenics—and never, ever use exercise as a punishment.
Pillarella recommends parents interest themselves and their kids in the following activities:
- Biking, hiking, kayaking or bird-watching in scenic outdoor locations
- Sports and games that appeal to a family member’s competitive side, such as touch football, tennis or bowling
- Unstructured active play, such as jumping rope, playing tag or spinning a Frisbee