Is Family Exercise Replacing Pizza & Game Night?


By Denise Locsin,

Fitness coach and creator of Yoke Training System & Yokebar

Millennials are more health conscious than previous generations. (Think how quickly Netflix’s What the Health went viral.) This fit and active lifestyle has become especially clear as this generation enters the world of parenting. A new trend is emerging in Gen-Y households as family exercise time is beginning to replace the traditional pizza and game night.


Why is this happening?


Like most things…It can be traced back to childhood. Millennials grew up in an age that cut recess and promoted video games. They were the main victims of childhood obesity and they see the negative impact an unhealthy lifestyle has had on their boomer parents. Now they are fighting back for fitness. Rather than spending family night watching movies and eating pizza, many young families are opting for healthier alternatives.


As a non-millennial mother of four, finding time to exercise can be a challenge. My husband and I are both fitness coaches and even WE have difficulty incorporating physical activity into our family routine. This is a problem many “non-millennial” families struggle with.


Perhaps we should take a cue from the Gen-Yers!


Millennials know family exercise doesn’t need to be formal, it can be as simple as playing games and doing activities that involve movement. We all live busy lives and it’s hard to make time for exercise but it doesn’t have to be time consuming or feel like a chore. There are many fun and creative ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine while spending quality time with your family.


While pizza and game night is a family pastime that may never be replaced, millennials are definitely giving it a makeover (ie cauliflower pizza crust and Pokemon Go) and this fresh approach to parenting is going to dramatically change how our kids grow up.




Denise Locsin is a fitness expert that specializes in relationship and family exercise. She and her husband Danny are the creators of the Yokebar, which has been described as the ultimate family exercise program. As a busy mother of four, Denise wanted something that was high intensity, but also safe and easy to set up. Finding a system that could adapt to a variety of fitness needs and ability levels was challenging. The requirements became even broader when Danny injured himself and was forced to give up his usual exercise routine. After much scientific research and testing, Yokebar was born. Today, Danny and Denise train people in the Yoke Training System and also are the founders of Hi5 Produce, a leading corporate produce delivery service located in the Silicon Valley.

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