Family Fitness – What do you do in the winter?
|January 21, 2013||Posted by Joanna under fitness, health|
Today is the official start of Mamavation Campaign 15. I hope you’ll join us for the Twitter party tonight from 8pm-10pm EST – I’ll be doing the hazing exercises that you’ll see on the #mamavation hashtag during the party and at the end the two moms who will be completing the 7 week bootcamp will be announced. So very exciting! Now that the application process is coming to a close, it’s time for me to review what I’ve learned over the past month.
I decided to apply for this campaign a couple of day before the #12DaysofFitmas started, so I was able to get my hazing started early by completing the exercises tweeted. It was a nice, slow re-entry into focusing on fitness. I did a great job over the holidays with my eating, I even took healthy foods with me on occasion so that I wouldn’t be tempted by the “there was nothing else to eat” excuse. As the new year turned, more ladies applied for the campaign, and I was able to meet the girls and get to know them. The entire group of applicants was fantastic.
As always, not everyone can be a finalist, but the 5 other girls and I who were selected as finalists took the past week to support each other even more and become even closer friends. Some of the other applicants even did the hazing exercises with us! It was such an awesome show of support. I truly adore all of the girls I’ve met through this process, and I feel so lucky to have been applying and tweeting at the same time you were so that we were able to hang out online together.
But for me, the biggest changes that have happened haven’t been online. Over the past month, my family has gradually started eating better and working out more. My husband has totally supported and committed to eating better – in fact, he’s said that he prefers the healthy foods and would rather have me make everything from scratch than to buy packaged foods. (Which is totally awesome, but means more work for me…) Now that we have the food down, it’s time to step it up on the fitness.
To avoid teaching our children negative body images, we try to just provide them with healthy food, talk about what makes food healthy, invite them to help us in the kitchen, let them see us exercise, and involve them in keeping our family moving. The downside for me right now is that it’s winter, and I’m not entirely sure what we can do together. My sons have really been enjoying the hazing – you should see a 17 month old’s version of a burpee. It’s so stinking adorable. So right now, I think that’s the best we’re doing. We do try to go outside, but I hate cold, so we don’t go out nearly often enough.
What do you do to increase your family’s activity in the winter?