Everyone has their “why” for making lifestyle changes—that greater purpose that inspires a commitment to change. My “why” was the women in my family.
My grandmother passed away of a heart attack in 2004. She was 64.
My mother passed away in 2011… of a heart attack. She was 55.
I was shocked and heartbroken by the profound loss in my family at such early ages, and vowed not to follow in their footsteps. It was then, at the age of 25 that I made the decision to change my diet and lifestyle. My thought process? Simple….“I don’t want an early grave.” But I can’t say that my family had the same motivation.
But we must be the change we want to see, right?
Several years ago, my cousin and I took it upon ourselves to make being healthier a family goal. We wanted to get the family moving on the holidays so we started an annual Cross-Generational Family Workout! Every Thanksgiving and Christmas morning, we get up and knock out a workout built for the entire family.
This tradition has quickly become a highlight for my family and I wanted to share it with you!
Accessible to Everyone
In this cross-generational family workout, we make sure there is something for everyone–the kids, something for the ever-growing teenagers, and even something for the seniors. The exercises are unique to each individual, and everyone can go at their own pace, thus creating a sense of inclusion, safety, and belonging among the entire family.
Doing this cross-generational workout with the family allows everyone to stay mindful of health goals during the holiday season and beyond, and strengthens resolve towards achieving those health goals. Plus, everyone gets quality family time, which is often a scarce commodity.
My Family Challenges Yours!
Will your family get active with mine this holiday season?
That's right! My family is challenging yours to a cross-generational workout! It is time to get the entire family up bright and early one day during this holiday season and knock out a workout that the entire family can participate in, across generations.
This can be done virtually or in-person. It can be done with your immediate family or your chosen family.
Here are the details:
- Get your cross-generational workout in with your family and snap a picture.
- Post the picture on any social media outlet using the hashtag #FamilyWorkoutChallenge
- Tag me so I can share! (social handles: IG and Twitter: @raven_solo, LI: ravensolomon, FB: solomon.raven)