Health & Fitness a way to get and stay active, regardless of what your age is.
Here are five things you should do before starting the 40 Plus Shape Up Challenge:
Find a journal
Choose a notebook that fits your lifestyle, which you can carry around with you. It’s an essential part of the program, so choose something you really like. As soon as you get it, create a ‘To-Do’ list. Write down all of the actions or tasks that you’ve been putting off that would make a difference to you if you completed them. There’s no ‘right’ way to make your list. Just do it. Every weekly assignment will refer back to this list.
Make the commitment
In your journal, begin the commitment contract. Referring back to these notes will help you when temptation calls.
Inventory your kitchen
Throw out unhealthy yet tempting treats. Look at the food list for good foods to stock up on.
Get ready to walk. The Challenge includes a simple walking program. To prepare, make sure you have comfortable shoes and think about where a safe and pleasant place to walk, and when in your schedule you will find time to exercise (we start with only 10 minutes per session). Of course, you can substitute a more rigorous activity if you like.
Like it or not, you’re a role model for the rest of your family. If you spend most of your time plopped on the couch and rarely exercise, you can expect more of your clan to do the same. So pack up the kids, leash the pooch and make exercise a family affair. Being a healthy role model is one of the best ways to get your kids up and at ‘em on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at some cool tips on keeping energy levels high and your family — including your pets — in tiptop shape.
Always make exercise fun and enjoyable for everyone. Try activities that will raise heart rates, such as a game of family touch football, sack races at the family picnic or a group cycle around the neighborhood. Variety keeps attention spans in check, so to avoid boredom and to keep things interesting, change activities on a regular basis.
Take a family stroll around the neighborhood. Empower your kids by having a different child choose the route each time. It’s also fun to choose a theme for each walk, such as pointing out different wildlife creatures or going on a doggy hunt (whoever spots the most dogs gets to read an extra bedtime story).
Parents of young infants can buy a front pack to carry the baby. As the baby ages and can hold his head up, switch to a backpack kiddy chair. These kiddy harness packs allow you to walk briskly, hike and even hold the leash of the family pooch. Always wear them with good posture. You may also want to invest in a jogging stroller, which can also be used for walking. They even navigate well on sand, dirt and trails. There are also sturdy and stable strollers that attach to the back of your bike if you want to take your infant cycling with you; it’s a great way for both of you to see the scenery.
Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines? Rather than just watching the ball games, soccer drills and cheerleading practices, why not take a brisk walk around the baseball field or park? If you encourage other moms and dads to go with you, you’ll promote parental camaraderie and maintain a presence at the field. And who knows? You may find a new carpool group.