The importance of staying active has been ingrained in our mind for as long as we can remember. We’ve been taught that regular exercise promotes our overall health; however, how many of us can trace this knowledge back to the source? Studies show that family - parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins - positively influence our level of physical activity. A few members of the Longevity community share their own family fitness dynamic and how movement, whether together or apart, has strengthened their bodies and parent-child relationships.
HOW EXERCISE BENEFITS CHILDREN
FAMILY FITNESS DYNAMICS AT LONGEVITY
Fitness was always a part of my upbringing. Watching my parents' dedication and commitment to training for their competitive sports inspired me to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I appreciate their positive influences and wanted to be sure to do the same for my son. Exposing Oliver to all types of physical activity is key so he can find something that he gravitates toward, like soccer and golf. We also enjoy doing activities as a family, like biking, swimming and tennis.
I love working out with my girls. It is a wonderful way to connect with them outside of the family setting and they motivate me to stay fit. I feel stronger when I see them sweating as much as I am. I imagine it motivates them to work harder if they see that their mom is doing the same skills they are; they’ll want to amp it up to be stronger/faster than their aged mama! Paige and Nate have been encouraging and exceedingly flexible, accommodating our different strengths and abilities while making each training session productive and fun.
After discovering Longevity, I reached out to Jennie to see if weekly family training sessions with my husband Pat and two sons would be possible. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Quincy; she is great. Fitness is a priority for us and our weekly sessions have been a great opportunity to teach our boys the fundamentals and importance of fitness in our daily lives.
My mom introduced me to Longevity Fitness and I have completely fallen in love with the classes and staff. She encouraged me to start exercising after I broke my ankle, and would pick me up to take me to LFC with her. We began personal training and taking classes together to not only strengthen my ankle, but to also encourage our overall health and wellness. Best of all, we were able to spend quality time with each other. Nothing starts the day quite like breaking a sweat and being with my mom! When we can’t exercise together, she’ll text me to see how my class or session went, always holding me accountable. One of her favorite motivational quotes: “exercise strengthens your mind, body and spirit.”
Staying active as a family can reinforce lifelong habits, foster a deeper sense of connection and happiness, and of course, promote longevity for all.
Looking to introduce your kids to fitness or help them brush up on technique and equipment? Schedule an introductory training session or fitness orientation with one of our trainers for a special rate of $85, now through August 31, 2021. (Flex Account Package discounts apply)
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6/18/2021 12:27:34 pm
I didn't know that parents and siblings can influence a person's physical activity. That really makes a difference in my plans for the Summer. I'll try to include my kids in more of the outdoor activities I have planned.
11/27/2021 01:31:57 pm
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