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Family 411: The importance of family workouts

Family 411: The importance of family workouts (Tara Morgan WSYX)

Children who see their parents exercise may be inspired to want to be healthy and fit too.

Tara Morgan of WSYX shows how one couple makes going to the gym a family affair in this week's Family 411 report.

A family ritual for the Shireys.

Hitting the gym at least four days a week.

"It comes down to the sports as well as health overall health and just trying to do stuff together as a family."

Vince, his wife Krystina, and their two oldest, Noah and Camden, walk in with a plan.

"Maybe one week we do strength maybe a higher level of reps just to work on different types of muscle fibers."

YMCA Health and Wellness coordinator, Jamie Goudy, says beginning an exercise regimen early on, sets up children for success later.

"Start them out with something they really enjoy if they like dance, get them in a dance class. If they like gymnastics, go that route."

Vince and Krystina's two oldest boys play school sports.

Football for Noah, while Camden wrestled and will take up football too.

"We tailor it for speed and agility."

For results that extend beyond the gym.

"It's going to make you more effective on the field. It's going to make you faster. Your going to throw farther, jump higher."

It's not just about lifting and sprints.

But eating right, most of the time.

"It's just easier when everybody is on the same page. So when we take a cheat meal, or a cheat day, we do it together."

Camden had struggled with his weight.

These are before and after pictures.

"Something just clicked and he started to eat the right foods. He got rid of pop, he got rid of fast food and he started making his own choices and he wanted to be healthy and he actually lost 50 pounds."

Vince worked out with his dad when he was a boy.

Now following in his father's footsteps.

"Having my boys and being able to train with them, is fun for me."

And looking out for their future too.

"If they start now, they can make their choices now and they're not going to have a doctor telling them when they're 55 or 60 years old, they have to eat this way because they're healthy."

Goudy recommends keeping workouts appropriate for the age level to avoid injury and to focus on certain parts of the body for adequate recovery time.

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