Creating A Tween & Teen Fitness Plan For Your Homeschool
Many resolutions have something to do with fitness, health, and physical improvement in general. Don’t let your teen get fooled by a poor fitness plan. Creating a teen fitness plan for your homeschool (any time of year) that will actually count as school credit is easier than you think. Let’s break it down.
The problem with many New Year’s resolutions, especially pertaining to fitness, is that kids (and maybe even parents) set goals that are either not specific enough, not sustainable, or based on unrealistic expectations. If your kids haven’t had an organized fitness or Physical education routine in a while, let’s change that! Get ready to set some fitness goals that will hopefully set your homeschool on the right path to sticking to fitness resolution this year!
Baby Steps Are Okay
So, if your homeschoolers are like mine, they are probably not all geared up to charge headfirst into a year full of quality workouts, clean eating, and endless workout selfies on social media. You may or may not have purchased a shiny new pair of trainers, armed yourself with flashy gym outfits. Nope. Comfy clothes that move with you, a pair of sturdy trainers (hand-me-downs are perfect as long as they fit correctly). Headphones are optional, but will definitely make exercising more fun! Don’t’ stress, you can create an affordable teen fitness plan that will work well for class credit.
So whether you have new gear or hand-me-down gear, let’s hit pause for a second and talk about how to plan for structuring a new workout for your homeschool. Often times, the enormous amount of motivation felt when starting a fitness routine leads to attempting drastic changes to everyone’s lifestyle.
Kids (and even adults) try things like being determined to work out seven days per week or immediately cut out every bite of junk food from their diet. The problem is this mentality is not sustainable.
Learning is hard, and any kind of change is hard too; therefore, it is important to ease into the process. Start small with your plan and go from there. For instance, make it a point to workout 2-3 times per week, only give in to that bowl of ice cream on the weekends, etc.
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A Good Teen Fitness Plan Is About ‘The Long Game’
The media makes it seem like physical transformations should be an expedited process. Everyone wants noticeable results with an overnight process. Every homeschooler needs to learn that this notion is far from the truth. It is important that they understand that buying into these ideas will only leave them with discouragement and feeling burnt out in a short amount of time. It is crucial that teens and tween serious about fitness understand that creating a healthy body can certainly be an enjoyable, fulfilling process, but it might take a lot of time and effort to create new healthy habits and routines.
Enjoyment Promotes Consistency
The biggest determining factor of success in any goal set before you is consistency. When it comes to exercise and healthy lifestyle habits consistency is what will make it happen. Without it, the workout routine you choose, and even the ‘no-junk food’ diet plan you follow won’t mean a thing.
That being said, your homeschooling and teen fitness plan need to be enjoyable. Human nature is inherently prone to avoiding unpleasant experiences and seeking enjoyment whenever possible. So, find the routine that works for your homeschool and be on the look-out for ways to have fun with exercise.
Exercising and eating healthy can’t be a miserable endeavor or your kids will not be consistent. Can Homeschoolers have fun while being disciplined and working hard? Yes! They can learn to make it happen simultaneously!
Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.