The past year for myself and my growing family has been, at times, a bit overwhelming.  Apart from growing my business, Fresh & Fit Meals, my wife and I recently added to our family and had a beautiful baby girl.  In the last 7 months my family moved neighborhoods into a bigger house that was a better fit for our growing family.   At the exact same time, Fresh & Fit Meals moved into a bigger locaton with a much larger kitchen to keep up with it's growth.  With all of my time and efforts directed towards the two moves and prepping for a newborn, I lost touch with something that has always been important to me...keeping my family physically active.

Lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only parent dealing with this, I noticed my kids are becoming very attached to their phones, mobile aps, headphones, tv shows and video games.  My beautiful wife, only a few months after giving birth, has been struggling with getting back to her "pre-baby body" (her words, not mine) and has been needing that extra push, some added support and encouragement from her backbone...her husband.

We live in Rancho Penasquitos, a cozy suburban neighborhood located 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Like every other neighborhood, we have access to the popular gyms, crossfit boxes and other bootcamp style fitness programs.  While I do love to throw some weights around and burn calories at these type of fitness facilities, I realized that I needed to find alternatives that I could encourage and include my family.

I've recently had some success with getting the entire family to break a sweat while taking advantage of fun outdoor activites around the neighborhood.  Rancho Penasquitos is home to the Los Penasquitos Reserve, a preserved stretch of land with rocky trails and creeks.  With it's surrounding nature protected it makes for a beautiful natural setting ideal for hikes, jogs, nature walks and mountain biking.  We have also been hitting the track at the local high school. The kids get a kick out of making bets and challenges running stadiums. The wife and I take turns running laps with baby Kensie in her jogging stroller while the other runs stadiums.  We also have a local YMCA that offers some great sports programs that the kids have been having a blast with.

It's easy to get caught up in life.  I'm sure that almost everyone feels like they have a full plate to deal with and it's easy to lose sight on important things like family fitness.  I encourage you to take a moment and find things to do around your neighborhood that could keep you and your family active, burn some calories and improve the quality of your family's life.  Make family fitness a priority!

Stay healthy my friends!