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Keeping Your Family Fit
by Alicia Kirschenheiter, Family Fitness

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Schools out for summer... That's right mom and dad, summer has officially begun and what a better way to welcome it than by getting up and getting moving with the kids for a great cause.

Recently, I had a client approach me with a great idea. She decided that in an effort continue her “whole fitness” approach to life and to keep her 10-year-old son active for the summer, they would be active together for a great cause.

My client and her son are going to train together for Walking to Save Lives, the American Heart Association's signature fundraising event.

The Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. This year more than one million walkers will participate in more than 450 events coast to coast. The walkers will be raising funds to save lives from America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — heart disease and stroke.

Go to the American Heart Association to get your family involved.

How tremendous is this: the ability to combine your family's whole fitness goals with raising funds and awareness for a cause you believe in!

I decided to do a bit more research and determined there are a great number of charity walks, bike rides or other activity events that everyone can participate in.

A great starting place is the Internet. Search for local charity events and get involved. And be sure to get your kids involved too. Perhaps even allow them to choose the event they wish to sponsor. By allowing them in on the decision of what charity to participate in, it may create accountability for its success. If kids believe by their contribution they can make a difference, they may be that much more driven to get moving.

For each week of training for the ultimate big day, help your family keep a log of daily activities and the results to show improvements. For example, if you are planning on completing a 5K walk, keep a journal of the daily activities leading up to the walk.

The first week you may start off by just getting up the steam to leave the house together and make it a few blocks, but as you stick with your gains will be serious and writing them down will make them measurable. Besides, in the end, you’ll have one fantastic keepsake of the accomplishment you and your family have achieved.

Now get moving and good luck!



Alicia is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and a Weight & Lifestyle Management consultant. The owner of Evolution Personal Training Inc. in New York is also the author of Oscar & Otis, Fat Fighters. For more information, visit OscarandOtis.com.



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