Dad and Teen Son Need Ideas

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    Jun 18, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    My 14 year old son and I need to get active. We are not into team sports but need to get moving for health and weight reasons. He is 6'1" and 190 (yes he's 14) and I'm 6'6" and 238. During the school year I work about 50-55 hours week so my time is limited. In the summer, I get home around 4:30 every day so it's the perfect time to jump start our activity. Here are some of our ideas:


    1. Totally embarrass ourselves on a basketball court
    2. Biking (we have mountain bikes)
    3. Working out at the apartment fitness room


    What other ideas can you suggest to us?

    Steven
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    Jun 18, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    If you're both starting from scratch, I always suggest walking [fast] 30 minutes a day, 5 or 6 days a week, for a month. That builds "some" strength and endurance to help when you start lifting.

    As for your weight, proper nutrition is the only way to tackle that. I was fatter than you 1.5 yrs ago. icon_lol.gif (6'0", 230 lbs)
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    Jun 18, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    You guys should go hiking too. It's low impact, but can be a pretty good workout, depending on the difficulty of the trails. Assuming your location is legit, you're close to the foothills. Plenty of hiking spots in the IE. Also, throw weightlifting into your routine. I mean, this is the obvious one since the weight room is right there in your complex. No excuses. icon_wink.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Jun 18, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Something that's both active and interactive is geocashing. It's a big outdoor world treasure hunt
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    Jun 19, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    I'm involved with the Big Brother and Big Sisters organization and they always have great events to get people involved in the lives of kids. I would suggest talking to them to see if they can make any suggestions. My little brother and I are going rock climbing next weekend and that is something we are both looking forward to. He's 14, but not quite as large a fella. They have many activities, not just sports/athletics. So give them a call and see what happens.
  • omatix

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    Jun 19, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    You could give P90X (or something similar) a shot. I had no clue what to do to get in shape, but that let me figure it out in the privacy of my own apartment. To start out, I'd suggest shooting to finish the first 25 or 50% of the workout. I think it'd be pretty enjoyable to do as a father/son thing.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 19, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    When there are two people involved you need to make it a team effort
    Don't be the DAD who forces your son into the gym everyday or visa-versa

    make it a fun thing for the two of you
    Hit the mountain trails with those mountain bikes take a karate class or a boxing class with him or maybe even yoga
    Of course hit the gym but talk with your son about what HE wants to do and what HE wants to get out of this as well
    A 14 year old's idea about sweat equity and commitment is very likely to be much different than yours
  • DeadLiftr

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    Jun 21, 2011 6:41 AM GMT

    When I was younger, my dad used to take me to the gym with him. I was less into free weights (especially after one time where he waited too long to help me on the bench press), but still we had some good times. Weights are good, because then you can at least shoot the shit while you're doing it, which can be hard when you're doing other sports.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:43 AM GMT
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    Jun 21, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    Latenight30 saidSomething that's both active and interactive is geocashing. It's a big outdoor world treasure hunt


    I did that with some friends awhile ago in Red Rock. It was actually pretty fun!
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    Oct 15, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    1. Alternate who selects day's activity or draw from hat.

    2. Ideas

    -racquetball but goal to keep ball in constant play
    -walley-ball
    -soccer dribbling and cones
    -create a workout circuit in empty aerobics room: hang a heavy bag to kick, punch, body resist; throw a heavy bag on floor for drop to knees punching from mounted position, speed bag, use cones for obstacle course, etc. BUY music loop of 2 minutes ON and 1 minute REST time to move u through circuit (or you SHOUT BOX TIMER APP).
    -swimming pool but don't swim laps: run in water or walk, wear bulkier swim gear for more drag; set countdown time goals, drag the other guy a pool length, use hand paddles for speed walking

    I tend to get bored playing traditional games as too much waiting time---take a sport u like and reconfigure it to make it more action, more movement, less predictable, etc.

    Good luck----

    Think outside if the box. Hell, fill the box with weights and unload the weights one plate at a time---but run a circuit with the weight hugged to your chest FIRST. See?