Getting and Staying Motivated
Make Fitness Fun for the Whole Family: 10 Top Tips
You know it's important for everyone in your family to get plenty of physical activity. But the lure of the couch can be strong. Sometimes, to make fitness fun for everyone, you need to kick it up a notch. Try one of these motivators.
Getting Started With a Family Fitness Plan
Find basic steps for improving family fitness and health. Whatever your motivation to help your family fit in more fitness, be it a New Year's Resolution, an obesity diagnosis, or a wish to play a new sport, we have suggestions to help you get inspired and get started.
10 Ways to Improve Your Family's Fitness
These 10 suggestions will help you boost physical activity levels and eat more healthfully -- so you can improve your fitness together.
9 Secrets of Active Families
How do active families make time for exercise, and enjoy it? Find out the 9 secrets that keep these families healthy and strong.
Find a Gym That's Right for Your Family
Start by compiling a list of possibilities, then use these questions to zero in on the gym that's right for you and your family.
Create a Fitness Challenge with Your Family
Motivate your family to live more healthfully by creating a fitness challenge to do together. Find step-by-step instructions for setting up your challenge and achieving your goal.
What Is a Sport?
It's not always a simple answer. Here's my take on what should be considered a sport, and why.
Summer Olympics for Kids
Keep the flame burning with games, activities, books, toys and more, all for kids and all inspired by the Summer Olympic Games.
Best Family Fitness Activities for You
Your child's needs change over time, but you're always a role model. Try these family fitness activities together.
Fitness Tracker Prizes
If you log your activity with a fitness tracker, you can win prizes via these rewards programs and apps.
What's Your Family Fitness Environment?
Do you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country? Each one has its pros and cons when it comes to fitness and physical activity.
What Parents Look for When They Join a Gym
Joining a gym can be a big (sometimes expensive) decision. How did you make the decision to join a gym, and what did you look for in a gym or fitness center?
Teach Life Lessons During the Olympic Games
Watching the Olympic Games with your child gives you the chance to discuss important topics like competition, nutrition, and world cultures. Try these conversation starters during the Games.
New Year's Resolutions for Family Fitness
Suggested New Year's resolutions about fitness and health for kids, teens, adults, and families. Find simple, manageable suggestions for improving your health and increasing your activity level.
Participate in Charity Fundraising Events with Kids
Charity fundraising events are often family activities that encourage physical fitness as well as support for a good cause. Here's how to choose an event that's fun and meaningful for kids, and how to prepare to join in.
When Can Kids Join Group Exercise Classes?
Group exercise classes help encourage kids to be more active and learn new skills. Find out more about options for kids, tweens, and teens, and who's old enough for what kinds of classes.
First Lady Michelle Obama: Quotes on Child Obesity and Health
As part of her ambitious campaign to eliminate childhood obesity in one generation, First Lady Michelle Obama speaks frequently about the issues surrounding kids' health, nutrition, and fitness. These Michelle Obama quotes represent a sample of some her comments on these topics.
Book Review - Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play!
Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play!: A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids, written by Stacey Colino and published by John Wiley & Sons, contains helpful, common-sense advice on nutrition, physical activity, and play, as well as parenting styles and techniques.
Tell Your Family's Lifestyle Change Success Story
Has your family made a successful lifestyle change? Have you changed your diet or the way you exercise? Did a health scare prompt your lifestyle change, or was there some other trigger? Your success story could inspire other families to make changes to improve their health. Tell us how you did it!See submissions
What Is the National Physical Activity Plan?
The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan was released on May 3, 2010, by a panel of experts representing several major health organizations and universities. Its vision: "One day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity." Learn more about the components...
What Is Your New Year's Resolution?
What is your New Year's resolution this year? Do you have a plan for what to do and how you'll do it? Share it with other readers.
Improve Your Family's Fitness With Active Play
Is your family ready for a lifestyle change? Find out how to encourage physical activity and active play, and have fun together as a family. Improve health, fitness, and family relationships with physical activities and sports for kids and parents.