From work to sports to maintaining a home, modern day parents have a lot on their plate. While it may be part of your routine to hit the gym after school is over and dinner is on the table, it’s important to make sure that you’re encouraging your kids to be active, too. Bringing your kids in the gym can save you time on your daily routine, and help you to encourage them to build healthy habits.
Bringing Kids In The Gym
According to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, 8 to 18-year-olds consume an average of 7 hours of screen time per day. That’s a lot of idle time, which contributes to the uphill battle many parents face regarding the reinforcement of healthy exercise habits among children.
On top of that, parents are busier than ever. It’s difficult to manage work, school, and after-school activities along with prioritizing your health as a parent. Many exercise facilities in Massachusetts will allow children to workout along with you– just make sure to check with your local gym before making assumptions about their rules. If you’re concerned that you won’t get a challenging workout with your kids in the gym, or are worried about their safety, consider adopting some of these ideas.
Keep Your Kids Safe
Your youngster can perform all sorts of age-appropriate exercises, and may even be able to participate in group fitness activities. Double down on your super parent powers, and use your gym time as an opportunity to educate your child on safety while squeezing in a busy mom workout. Teaching your child proper form for everything from lifting to cardio will help them prevent an injury, and help you build their confidence in you as a smart, healthy role model.
Remember to Have Fun!
If you plan on bringing your kids in the gym, don’t forget to have fun! Kids gravitate towards what is comfortable for them, and no child is going to steer away from something they deem as entertaining. See who can run the fastest or perform the most push-ups in a minute. Or try taking a Zumba class together. Keeping a smile on your face while working out will help your kids remember that exercise can be fun and healthy at the same time.
Set Workout Goals
Setting goals is another way to reinforce healthy habits, and help you push your kids to accomplish what they set out to achieve. You might have a goal to run an eight-minute mile; your child might want to do twenty push-ups in a row. Encourage your kids to push themselves alongside you, and you can reward yourselves with a healthy treat once you hit your goal. (Did someone say froyo?)
Bringing kids in the gym can be fun and rewarding, and can allow you to reinforce healthy life and fitness habits at the exact same time. If you are a Boost Fitness member or are thinking about joining, you’re more than welcome to bring your children aged 14 and up along with you. We ask that kids aged 14-17 remain under adult supervision throughout the duration of their workouts. If you’re not ready to purchase a family pass but are thinking about joining Boost Fitness, get started by downloading your no-obligation day pass today!