I am joining Alicia at Confessions of a Snowflake today as we discuss our journey to getting healthy and weight loss. Each week she provides a topic for discussion. Today’s topic is:
What activities do you do with your family to promote good health?
Or do you have any ideas that you hope to implement soon?
I had to really dig deep for the response to this one. We are a busy family. Not necessarily with extra curricular activities, but just with our lives in general. My husband and I both work full time jobs. My oldest two children work and are involved in ministry, and my younger two are still in school. We spend 2-3 nights a week at church ministering in prayer and worship in the House of Prayer, which we love!
But it is important that we find time as a family to pursue health. Currently, I am the only one in the family with a “weight” issue. However, I want my children to learn good habits, especially concerning exercise, so that they will remain healthy through their adult years. It’s so much easier to exercise if you find things that you love to do along the way.
About a week or so ago, my son asked me to play four square with him. It’s not that I haven’t ever played with him before, but he hasn’t asked me in a long time. He has always been content to play with his siblings and this time I wanted to see if I could still play as well as I could when I was in third grade. And can I just tell you, what a work out that was! He had be running all over the garage. By the time we were done, I was breaking a sweat and knew I had burned a few calories. Not only did I get a good workout, my son enjoyed laughing at me when I missed the ball, and we had a great time together.
The other activity I enjoy doing with my husband and children is walking. My kids especially love to take walks and find pine cones, rocks or pretty flowers (which I do not allow them to pick from other people’s yards, unless of course, that pretty flower is a weed). It’s great to get out into the sunshine. For me, a middle aged woman, the sun is vital to my mood staying “happy”. I can’t say that I manage to walk as much as I could, but I am working on it. Now that the weather is nicer, I want to make walking a regular part of my weekly activity.
How about you? What activities do you enjoy participating in as a family to promote health?