7 Ways Families Can Work Out Together this Summer

July 07, 2015

 

With school out, parents can lure kids off couches and into fun activities with a little planning, according to fitness experts from the YMCA of Metro Chicago. "

With school out, parents can lure kids off couches and into fun activities with a little planning, according to fitness experts from the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

“I believe the best place for children to learn, make mistakes and explore their interests begins at home with family,” says Naimah Cyprian, Rauner Family YMCA. “By exercising together, families can learn each other’s evolving personalities, share strengths and improve weaknesses, all while being supported by loved ones. It brings the family closer.”

The Y offers seven ideas for family workouts:

Family workouts are the ultimate multi-task:  You enjoy time together and you role-model healthy living.  “The family that plays together stays together, and it’s the same for working out,” asserts Rhonda Hoekenga, Hastings Lake YMCA.  “When kids see parents working out, and parents encourage and challenge kids, it makes for stronger family bonds and instills good habits for the future.” 

For information on the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s programs, visit ymcachicago.org or call 800.514.1224.