Bonding time is essential to maintain a strong family bond.
Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way of being able to enjoy one another.
Exercise is a good alternative that knocks two birds out with one stone. You both help one another to stay fit, as well as establish long-lasting bonds with family members.
Exercise- An Easy to Socialize and Interact with the Family
In the modern world, it is so easy to avoid social interaction. Instead of going with friends to see a movie, people prefer to curl up in the corner of their room to watch Netflix with their headphones in (tuning out the world).
Exercise is a way to pull people away from their otherwise reclusive state. For example, some people’s only purpose in going to the gym is to socialize. Why? It is so easy to find something to talk about:
- When did you start coming here?
- How fast can you run?
- What equipment do you find helpful?
- How did you get those abs?
There are endless things to talk about to get conversations started. And after getting things started, you could be talking about school or funny experience while driving.
The point is that Social interactions during exercise help the family bond while doing something productive.
A fun way to Discover Interest
I probably would have never started running if my family had not gone on walks/runs when I was younger. My sister would have never played tennis in high school had we not tried that out one time during a family exercise moment.
Exercising as a family allows you to discover new interest and talent that your children or significant other may have.
You learn how what sports your family likes and who is good at what.
Top Tip: Take turns picking one unique fitness event per month. You’ll be surprised how much more fun this makes it for everyone.
Exercise gets the Stress out of you and the “Wiggles” out of Them
Let’s face it; everyone has something on their plate that stresses them out.
Kids often have a lot of extra energy that you need to get out of them.
Exercise is the best way to have fun with the kids and satisfy both needs.
Strong family bonds are created when you help one another and consequently balance one another out.
Managing different “emotions” correctly
Some of you may have a child who seems to be angry and pouty all of the time. Exercise helps to get their anger out in a healthy way.
You buy a good set of MMA gloves for the family and join a class that teaches you how to defend yourselves. When done right, this is a perfect teaching and bonding moment for you and your children.
Learning the Limitations and Strengths of Family Members
I mentioned this in the previous point, but it is critical to touch on again.
While you exercise as a family, pay close attention to the needs, strengths, and limitations of family members.
You learn quickly who can do what as well as what you may need to improve on. For example, if you notice your children can run for an extended period but struggle with using the monkey-bars, you can start working on upper body strength as a family.
Noticing Health and Safety Concerns
A child may have asthma or another illness that you have to watch out for.
It goes without saying that you should be cautious of the time of day as well as the temperature.
The last thing you want to do is to call an ambulance because someone got heat stroke (God Forbid).
You also may notice you or someone has back pain and may need a foam roller. Hey, that could be an excellent gift for the holidays.
Critical Teaching and Bonding Moments During Exercise
Sometimes you only get one shot to catch behavior that needs to be corrected before it becomes a reoccurring problem.
Exercise is a natural time to teach your kids about the importance of taking care of their bodies.
How eating a lot of junk food and candy may taste good, but it comes back to bite you when you exercise.
Talk about moments and experiences you had as a child. Sit down with them.
Also, if a child needs correction, go eye-to-eye with them, and help them to understand how they can improve. During exercise, it is so easy to issue “punishments” such as timeouts or running laps.
But always be fair and understanding of the situation. Also, never make working out “punishment” as that is what the child will interpret it for years to come. Instead, make it one of the most exciting parts of the day.
Form Lifelong habits of fitness and discipline
As I mentioned before, when I was growing up, my family went on walks. To be honest, I used to dread it because, for me, it was too early in the morning.
We would drag ourselves out of bed around 6 am and go on a walk around the neighborhood circle. It was the only time both of my parents could do it, and now, looking back, I have to admit that I am forever grateful.
The 30-40 minutes they took to ingrain in my head the value of working out and exercising created a lifestyle that I was able to replicate later on.
Getting up early is a habit now. Working out is a habit now. These are lessons you remember for life and teach to your children and then your children’s children.
If you form bonds by exercising as a family, you’ll have memories that will last an eternity.
Exercise is a great way to bond with your family. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to start now. It could be one of the most productive routines you ever form.
A guest post from our friend Jonathan from flexibleworout.com.