Posts Tagged ‘Family Exercise’

A story of exercise and homeschooling….Why exercise can help boost confidence in your children!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

While homeschooling may be a good option for your kid(s), there is no doubt that there can be some missing ingredients, especially from the physical education department.  One solution can be to sign your children up for organized sports; however this is not an option for everyone.  If your child does not like playing sports or is not particularly athletic it could be setting them up for failure, embarrassment, and an overall bad attitude towards “fitness” or “working out”. If this sounds familiar, you might want to give this a read.

Here is our story about a child who took part in our training program:

The first thing we do at Chicago Family Fit is treat your kids like a person.  We hold normal conversations, see what they like to do, and develop a plan that we all agree with.  Since we created a plan together, kids are more likely to buy into what we are doing and stick with it.  We use a combination of different movement exercises that involve balance, coordination, flexibility, and proper technique education while having fun. This is a much different approach than just playing sports; we are developing sports skills, so they will be more successful trying sports in the future.

After a few weeks you can really see the confidence start coming out.  It’s awesome to see a kid that used to duck away from the ball, actually run and catch it.  Once this newfound confidence is developed, it usually carries over to trying new things in other aspects of their day.  One client, an 8-year-old girl started playing 4 Square at recess for the first time all year (in April) and found out that she really enjoyed it.  She also volunteered to present in front of others, something that would have not been the case a couple of months ago.

As you can imagine, we as staff are excited to hear about such progress, but the parents couldn’t be happier about the situation.  Everyone assumes that someone goes to a personal trainer just to lose weight, but would you not agree that those are awesome results?  At Chicago Family Fit it’s much more than what many gyms preach. We work with you, towards the goals that you want!

In addition to boosting confidence, another benefit is improved social interaction.  In our client’s case, she is now hanging out and talking to different kids that she met from playing 4 square. She is also diligent about not missing her workouts at the gym because she really enjoys coming in (who would have thought?), having fun, and seeing everyone else at the gym including Karma (our dog).

With the recent success that she has had, we thought that we have to share it!  We are very proud and thought that there may be other kids out there that fall through the cracks with traditional fitness programs.  Instead of leading down a long road of struggles, we have been able to do a complete 180.  If this sounds familiar to you, trying a personal trainer that has a reputation with kids may be the best bet for you.

And that is our story. A great example of a child who discovered exercise, confidence and keys to the world!

Tip for Staying Active…Be Prepared

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

A good tip for improving daily activity is to be ready to exercise.  Sometimes it is hard to get in 3-4 workouts during the week, but sometimes last minute schedule changes or cancellations can leave time for impromptu exercise.  Sometimes when your with the family, you may stop by the forest preserve or park so having appropriate clothing can avoid the excuse of, “I’m not dressed for exercise.”  A few tips for staying prepare are:

Keep the essentials in your car-Make sure you have a good pair of shoes, gym socks, shorts/shirts in your trunk.  Make sure to rotate clothes with the weather in case you plan on going outside.

Leave some sporting equipment in the Trunk-This is great for multiple participants.  Ideas for this include a couple baseball gloves and a ball, a football, volleyball, frisbee, soccer ball and some plastic cones. You can rotate equipment with seasons, or to switch it up occasionally.

Encourage activity-If you are proactive, your kids and family will be more likely to follow.  Don’t make your kids beg to go to the park, and if you have equipment already, it is that much more convenient.  It is also helpful to capitalize on the sporting season since interested is usually peaked during this time.

If you have any other questions please contact us at chicagofamilyfit@gmail.com or call us at (773) 706-8705