Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Getting Fit Is A Lifestyle Choice - Part 1


According to Matt Fitzgerald, a journalist and author specializing in the topics of health, fitness, nutrition and endurance sports training, about 50% of people who start a new exercise program abandon it within three to six months. He says that we have an evolutionary trait that makes us want to avoid unnecessary exertion. Simply put, people are lazy! And to create an exercise habit that will last, you need to overcome this instinctive trait. When it comes to our kids, it's great if we can help instill this habit at a young age, so that it becomes part of their life and something they will carry into adulthood.

Fitzgerald discusses six effective tricks to help us in this process. One is finding the right fit. Over the next few weeks, we'll talk about how this and the other five tricks relate to our kids.


In terms of finding the right fit, it's simply a matter of finding something you enjoy. With your children, help them explore different ways to become fit and find an activity (or activities) they will enjoy enough to stick with. Last month, we highlighted the importance of focusing on activity as opposed to exercise. This is important to keep in mind as you help your child find what's right for them. Children also enjoy variety. Just because they have loved soccer for the past 4 years doesn't mean you can't introduce them to something new. The point here is not to push them to do something they don't like. If your child tries something and doesn't like it then move on to something else. Gymathtics is an easy solution to finding something fun for your kids. Whether they do it once a week or every day, they will have fun, get fit, and learn a lot a the same time.

When you help your kids find something they like to do, it will naturally become a habit. Once a child finds the right thing for them, they can't get enough of it. So when you put that Gymathtics DVD in your DVD player, just leave it in. They'll want to watch and do it again and again and again. And to make Gymathtics even more fun, be sure to check out all the other great products from Exploramania, too.
Stay tuned for our next blog where we'll talk about more ways to make getting fit a lifestyle choice for your kids.

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