Making physical activity a part of your family’s routine will not only help them develop good habits and stay healthy, but as a bariatric surgery patient it will also help you to stay motivated and on track long term. Here are a few tips to help you actually get out and be active with your family.
Set family goals.
When the family establishes goals they can achieve together, everyone will be more committed. While you might not meet every goal at first, if you stick with it, physical activity will eventually become part of the family routine.
Make sure the goals are achievable and specific. For example, instead of saying “Let’s exercise more,” set a goal more like “We will each walk 30 minutes daily, at least four times a week.”
One of the best ways to increase your family’s activity level is to pen it into your schedule. Choose times and days during the week when everyone is most likely to stick to the schedule.
Showcase your achievements.
Post your family calendar on the refrigerator or another place where the whole family can see it and track progress. Don’t forget to celebrate your achievements!
Instead of canceling activities that conflict with your schedules, reschedule. Find new times and replace the activity that you missed.
There are multitudes of ways to be active as a family. Below are a few ways you can get started.
- Play tag
- Four square
- Jump rope
- Walk the dog
- Ride bikes
- Frisbee golf
- Yard work
- Train for a charity run or walk
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