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Ways to Work Out with Your Teens

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. All opinions are 100% mine.

As your kids get older you realize that you have different things in common with different kids. It’s one of my favorite parts of watching them grow up – being a part of their lives in different ways. One thing that I’ve tried to incorporate even more the last couple of years is working out with my boys. It’s something they want to do and something I have found that I NEED to do, so why not do it together? Here are some ideas of different ways you can work out WITH your teenagers!

Why I Made Getting Stronger a Priority

Having had auto-immune flares the last 11 years I’ve learned how to reduce the number of them and staying active is a big part of it. It also helps with keeping away aches and pains that are starting to creep in as I get older. I’ve slowly learned how to incorporate working out, especially building and maintaining muscle into my daily life and the boys have started to become a big part of that. Another big factor in building and maintaining that muscle is bone strength which is another thing I started to think about.

So in addition to working out more the last few years, I’ve introduced supplements like Viactiv Calcium soft chews. They contain 650 mg of calcium, 500 IU of vitamin D, and 40 mcg of vitamin K. It’s the perfect trifecta your body needs to help strengthen and protect your bones to help you stay strong. Calcium isn’t manufactured in the body, so it must be introduced by outside sources (diet, supplements, etc). Not only that, but over the last 10 years, vitamin K has proven to play an important role in bone health. Vitamin K partners with vitamin D to boost calcium absorption, affect calcium balance, and increase bone mineral density — helping your body absorb osteocalcin*, a protein that studies show may be essential for protecting bones from fractures. Viactiv has 40 mcg of vitamin K per chew making it an easy choice for me! The Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in either milk chocolate or caramel flavors and are individually wrapped so you can easily take them on-the-go! Get them in-store at major retailers or buy online at Walmart, Target, or Amazon.

My new routines have helped me keep any big flares away for almost 2 years now, and I can get up and go to do anything active with my boys that much easier.

Ways to Workout with Your Teens

Definitely take everyone’s interests into account when finding a way to work out with your teens. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Create a home gym, blast the music and workout! There are so many great workouts available online using little equipment and then you can add on overtime. We like using weights, bands, a sandbag, or even suspension bands.
  • Bike riding
  • Skateboarding (even just trying is a good workout)
  • Tricks on the trampoline
  • Hiking (one of my favorites)
  • Water sports
  • Skiing/snowboarding or any snow sport really
  • Playing a sport. All the usuals like football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, golf etc. but also consider trying something new like pickleball, racketball, or rock climbing.
  • Dance party if your teen likes to dance. Try a video game if it’s not something they’re into right away
  • Bootcamp type classes
  • Running/walking – include the dogs too. We walk about a mile and a half every night and a lot of nights one or both of the boys will go with us. It’s a great way to catch up on the day too.

Leave some ideas in the comments if you have more! Working out with your teens helps keep each other accountable, but more importantly is fun and helping build great life-long habits.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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