Family Pole Play
January 17, 2011
If you are a pole fitness fanatic, chances are you thrive on physical activities and understand the importance of it for good health and not just for yourself but also for your family. For some of you, it may not be possible to take kids along for a pole dance class, it is important for children to form the habit of exercising and being generally active individuals early on in life, a habit that will stand them in good stead their entire life. And there is no better way to make kids active than by leading by example and involving kids in physical activities that the entire family participate in. Our Jan-Mar 2011 print edition currently on sale here features the Hosner Family as one of our Inspirational Role Models (pictured here) happily pole dancing together for fitness. The youngest is their 13-year old daughter Tiffany.
Make a weekend picnic rule – Take advantage of the fresh air and natural ambience of being outdoors. Incorporate a trek or a bike ride involving the entire family into a day picnic or similar outing. Make sure you carry healthy snacks rather than picking up undesirable and unhealthy convenience food along the way.
Walk to the market together – Rather than buy packaged produce at the supermarket, opt for local produce that you may buy at your local market and walk there with the kids. Wander around the market, looking at the produce, explaining to the kids why something grows locally in certain weather and the importance of eating fresh and locally grown produce.
Cook together - Once you involve kids in the process of selecting and buying fresh produce they are likely to develop an automatic interest in the process it undergoes before it arrives on their plate. So involve children in cooking by letting them help; assigning age appropriate tasks. This will not only be great family activity time but will also teach children the importance of cooking at home as opposed to eating fast food or take away.
Perform household chores together – Rather than assigning each member of the family separate chores, try and do them together and make it a fun activity. Doing yard work can involve more than one person, as can mowing the lawn and raking the leaves.
Pole Play Together! – Whether it is tossing a Frisbee or a ball in the yard or going to the park together, make it a point to play together. A popular game for families to play together is badminton, or basketball or soccer. Also one can go roller-skating as a family, jump rope and do a lot of other things together. These activities can be done anywhere and don’t require a lot of expensive equipment. You can even join a class together! Apart from the obvious advantages of this physical activity, it is just great fun for members of a family to play together! Try installing a pole in the backyard for the entire family to “pole play” together once in a while. Self-contained poles designed to stand freely are now abundant in the market place. So no major installation is required. What to do with neighbors peeping through the fence to see what you are up to? Let your conservative nosy neighbors still stuck in stone age with the stripper pole mentality know that THIS pole is just like any other gymnastic apparatus or one in a public playing ground where kids jump on poles playfully. When out in the open with no strict pole rules and no stigma attached to it, people generally feel more relaxed about it. If you have friendly neighbors, invite them over for barbeque and encourage them to “pole play” with the family. You could try “converting” the conservative ones into believing that pole fitness is perfect for all ages and genders and no longer just for stripping!
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