Our family has been a member of a health club for 3 years. It’s been a great experience. I know there are many people who think it’s not possible to work out with children. The club we belong to has a daycare center where many young children are dropped off while the parents work out.
I am glad we are past that age. Now that the kids are older we can exercise together. It’s so much fun. At first the owners of the Spa told us that kids had to be 13 to use certain machines. But I found that there are certain machines and workout routines that kids under the age of 13 can do. In our fitness studio is a set of machines called “cardio cycle”. I see mostly people of the older generation work out here. The machines rather than weights have resistance settings. You can choose from setting 5 – 100. My 10-year-old daughter loves doing this.
First we go stretch and run on the indoor track. Then we do the cardio cyle together. I watch my child every step of the way and make sure she doesn’t put too high a setting or gets injured. Nobody has ever complained about our breaking the rules – her using the machines. In fact, I believe everybody at the studio loves to see young kids work out. We chat with the older folks and it’s a real family atmosphere at this place.
Once I hit 40 I really felt the need to start a regular work-out routine. I think it’s so wonderful to be able to go with my kids. It’s good for them to see their parents working out and teach them good exercise habits at a young age.