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  • If you have a child who is firmly against playing basketball, then trying to form a family basketball team is probably not in the cards for you. Save your energy and skip that battle, looking instead for something that everyone might enjoy. Brainstorm ideas as a family, writing out each contribution, and then narrow the list from there. Some of our favorite family exercise activities include touring the neighborhood on our bikes and/or scooters, building obstacle courses in the backyard or living room and then timing each other as we race through them, going for a jog on a nearby nature path, setting up a weightlifting routine with water bottles and canned goods instead of actual weights, planning and then completing a "boot camp" regimen with a different person leading each set of exercises, playing "giant" soccer with a tennis ball instead of a soccer ball (you feel like a giant with such a tiny ball, and the smaller size calls for more precise maneuvering), etc. Have fun and be creative!

    It's important to stay committed to your new routine or every excuse will become a reason to skip a workout. If the fun of your games and programs isn't reward enough, consider setting up a reward system for each workout. We've had good luck with motivation by setting up a picture of a mountain and "climbing" it, marking the miles we've ridden on our bikes on a picture of the mountain's face. Once we have ridden enough miles to have gone the equivalent of the height of the mountain, we get a new bike accessory. Once we started logging more mileage, we changed our schematic from the mountain's height to the length of the trails that people take to get to the top, or even the number of miles it would take to bike to the next state. Other fun ways to track progress include setting up a chart with each family member's name on it, then marking each day of the month. Every day that a family member exercises, he or she gets a sticker to put on the chart. Or you can offer a "get out of ____ chore free" card to the person who is most enthusiastic about the workouts of the week. Play around and figure out what works best for your family.

  • Variety and fun is the key to making your family fitness program enjoyable. VillaSport Family Exercise Classes will appeal to children and adults, and provide suitable exercise for everyone involved, regardless of level or age.

    Use muscle power: Bike or walk to the grocery store, library, or to your child's school or sports events. Go for a 30-minute family walk after dinner instead of heading right for the television. Track everyone's steps with a pedometer, and try to add more distance every week. Use a family exercise log or colorful stickers to track your progress. Put your log or chart on the refrigerator as a reminder to keep up the good effort together.

    Experience health and wellness with your entire family.  Support and reward each other’s efforts to be more active and spend quality time together.  There is a huge difference in telling kids about the benefits of being physically active and showing them that fitness is a priority in your own life. 

    Variety and fun is the key to making your family fitness program enjoyable.  VillaSport Family Exercise Classes will appeal to children and adults, and provide suitable exercise for everyone involved, regardless of level or age.

    The Family Fitness Classes we currently offer are described below.  All group exercise classes are included in your membership.

    Family Spin
    Geared to all levels, including YOUR KIDS! Learn safety, setup, and proper spin etiquette. Bring the family for a great workout. (Children must be able to comfortably reach the pedals.)

    Baby Yoga
    Unique poses designed to enhance your baby's development. Each class is filled with  nurturing and calming ways to bond baby and parent. Ages 6 weeks to nearly crawling.

    Born to Move
    This new and exciting LES MILLS™ group exercise program combines music and movement to motivate young people and inspire a lifelong love of movement.
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  • For the entire family: When it comes to family exercise, the more, the merrier! Staying active as a family is not only good for everyone’s health, but it helps build strong relationships. Skiing, sledding, ice skating, and bowling are great for cold weather, and walking, biking, tennis, basketball, touch football, putt-putt golf, and swimming are all ideal for warmer-weather months.

Family Activities: 5 Fun Exercises for Family Fitness

Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone.