A Family Opportunity to Get Fit Together

News Archive September 16, 2011

A Family Opportunity to Get Fit Together

Here are some ideas from Brian Williams, physiologist at Gottlieb Health and Fitness Center: Family walks, hikes and bike rides are great opportunities to share some quality time together while getting a leisurely workout. Best of all, they can be done anywhere and almost anytime, making it easy to establish an evening or weekend routine.

If the weather is bad, opt for a family swim at an area pool, ice skating at an ice rink or a basketball game at a recreation center. Host a low-fat potluck dinner. When you host the sports team dinner, neighborhood get-together or holiday party, ask everyone to bring a low fat, healthy dish. Thanks to many online offerings and healthy cooking magazines, there are plenty of recipes that look good, taste good and are good for you. Kids really work up a sweat playing, whether it is laser tag or soccer; adults can join in too to make it more fun for everyone. Zoos and museums are excellent places to walk.

Roller skating and ice skating offer terrific ways to get a good cardio workout. Institute a “Grill or Chill” night. Pick one day a week when you either grill dinner or serve a salad. Grilled fish and meats don’t require additional cooking oils and are better for you than fried, breaded or heavily sauced dishes. And salads are a great way to sample fresh seasonal produce while getting your quota of fruits and vegetables. Plan a family overnight campout or an all-day hike. Illinois has numerous forest preserve trails and state park camping grounds to experience nature and the great outdoors. Seasonal activities such as apple picking, pumpkin patch and cornfield maze visits as well as holiday tree farms and outdoor ice rinks make being outdoors timely and fun.


Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
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