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Family 411: Exercising as a family

Exercising as a family (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - Children who see their parents exercise may want to be healthy and fit too so one couple makes going to the gym a family affair.

The Shireys hit the gym together at least four days a week.

"It comes down to sports as well as health overall health and just trying to do stuff together as a family," said Vince Shirey.

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, including football and wrestling.

They tailor some of their workouts 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. "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. He now is following in his father's footsteps. "Having my boys and being able to train with them is fun for me."

He's also looking out for their future. "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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