One of the most rewarding activities, that also has the power to reduce stress, is that of family exercise. People experience stress due to increased levels of the hormone cortisol, however, exercise can decrease the secretion of this hormone and increase the production of a chemical known as endorphins. Endorphins are your bodies feel good chemical, whose job it is to give you a natural mood boost. There are many family outdoor activities that can benefit not only your health, but theirs as well.
There is a saying that some fitness professionals use and that is “families that play together, stay together”. Even though your family might be busy due to work and other commitments, there are ways in which you can re-prioritize your free time, and as a family spend that time together and continue with your active lifestyle.
Draw out a Plan
One of the best ways to kick off family activities is to sit down with your family at either the end or beginning of each month and draw out a fitness plan. Perhaps you and your loved ones are experiencing stress from trying to find time to spend with each other; this will eliminate that stress and allow the moments you spend with each other to build great memories.
Maybe there is a Saturday everyone in your family is free. Perhaps you can plan a hike or a family bike ride. Maybe your town is hosting a 5 or 10K run in the future. Perhaps your entire family can sign up, and then you can all train together and support one another as you strive to achieve your goal. The options are endless, and this family fitness plan will not only help you all reduce the stress in your lives, but it will help you bond as a family.
Healthy ways to Eliminate Stress
Enlist your loved ones and involve them in the following activities, and perhaps you can help them relax and recharge while you eliminate stresses in every ones lives:
- Go for a Walk
- Spend time in Nature (Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Camping, Etc)
- Join a Gym as a Family
- Pick up a new hobby such as tennis, learn as a family
There are many ways in which you can eliminate stresses, but adding your family and loved ones to activities that will not only increase your health, but it will also improve your overall quality of life. Please remember that anyone who is considering adding physical activity to their lives should always consult their personal physician before doing so.