Get Movin’ Tips For The Whole Family

Fall is officially here and it’s the perfect time to do some fun fitness activities as a family. Here are a few tips from Aunyea Carr, Fitness Director for the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, managed by Mary’s Center. 

1.    Plan Outdoor Activities: Set aside one day per week to be active as a family. Take it outside and go biking or hiking. Taking a picnic lunch with you or splurging on healthy snacks along the way is always a good idea.

2.    Go Sightseeing: Becoming a tourist in your own city is a great way to see what to the area has to offer while being active. Pick a different museum, attraction or monument each time and don’t forget to ditch the car and head out on foot or use public transportation.

3.    Make It A Competition: Download a pedometer app and challenge your family members to take as many steps per day as possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk to work or school to rack up those steps. The monthly winner gets a small treat - a healthy one of course!

4.    Take A Class Together: Check in with your local fitness and community centers to see if classes are offered for kids, parents and grandparents together. If your little one is too young to participate, look for classes that help you burn calories with your baby by incorporating your child into your yoga moves or pushing them along during stroller workouts. No kids? There are classes offered for pets and owners as well.

5.    Make Chores Fun: Laundry basketball, vacuum races and taking the dog for a walk as a family after dinner are just a few ways to make chores fun and exciting while burning calories.

6.    Give Family Dinners A Makeover: Pick one day a week to sit down as a family and plan out your weekly menu. This is a great money-saving tip and also an awesome way to cut down on excess calories from eating out. Take the kids with you while grocery shopping and involve them in the food preparation. This instils good eating habits at an early age. A trip to the farmers market is also a great way to burn a few extra calories.

Always remember safety first! It’s getting darker earlier, so be sure to wear reflective clothing if you are exercising outside in the late afternoon/evening and carry a flashlight to light your way. Layer up and wear a hat to keep warm, but don’t overdress either, because your body will warm up quickly. Remember to wear comfortable, stay properly hydrated and have fun!

If you or a loved one would like to join the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center (DC residents 60 years and above), click here.

Finally, don’t forget to contact Mary’s Center for your family’s health needs. To make an appointment with our caring and highly qualified medical, dental and mental health providers, call 1-844-796-2797 or request an appointment online.

About Aunyea Carr

Aunyea CarrAunyea is the Fitness Director for the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center since March of this year. She has a Bachelor's in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and is currently working on her Master's in Health Promotion from Western Carolina University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and a Certified Spin and Group Exercise instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA), among other qualifications. Aunyea has worked with a wide variety of populations through fitness domains including weight loss, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation, wellness coaching, and endurance training. Aunyea has been involved in many team sports throughout her life including basketball, volleyball and soccer. She currently enjoys running, Crossfit-style workouts, and yoga. After a workout, she likes to refuel with anything she can put peanut butter on.


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