Family Fitness Across the Generations
3 ways to get the whole family fit -- together
By Wendy C. Fries
Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD
Exercise is good for the body. Family togetherness is good for the spirit. So why not put two good things together and do a workout the whole family can enjoy?
Here are three types of exercise that can include kids, parents, and grandparents, providing fitness and fun for everyone from 7 to 77.
Walking: The Perennial Favorite
Almost everyone can walk, and we can do it just about anywhere, from tots and parents strolling the sidewalks to grandparents and grandkids speed-walking at the mall.
We all know that regular physical activity, like walking, helps control weight and reduces risks for heart attack, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. But walking is more than good for you -- it can also add pleasure to your day.
"Don't forget to up the fun," advises Brigitte Mesa, a walking enthusiast who lives in New Jersey.
We're all more likely to exercise when it's disguised as something else, Mesa says. That's why she and her husband spice up their walking workouts with Frisbee throwing, nature hikes, dog walks, sightseeing, and picnics in the park.
Here are more tips for fun walking workouts, from WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members and other locomotion lovers:
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