Create a Get-Fit-Kit
Pull workout gear out of the closet or other tucked-away places, and keep it in a basket by your couch or TV. If it is visible and within reach, you and your family members are more likely to work out with it. Some secret weapons to stash in plain sight:
- Resistance bands
- A yoga mat and blocks
- A jump rope
- A bosu or step
Even video games can get you out of your seat
If your TV viewers are still not showing much interest in moving, make the movement part of the viewing. There are several active games available on WII and other gaming systems that get you moving while you are still staring at the screen. WII has several dancing games like: Just Dance, Dance Dance Revolution, or Zumba. These games are both fun and result in a good amount of exercise disguised as a dance-off.
Get creative and make-up your own games
Still can’t get the crowd off the couch? How about playing a game where every time the name of a main character in the viewed show is said, everyone watching has to do a push-up (or 5 crunches or jumping jacks)? In nice weather, insist that every commercial requires a lap of the back yard before viewing resumes.