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Success Lives Next Door: Family Fitness

Ann Kearns and her youngest daughter, Bridget, use elliptical machines at Health Bridge. (Photos by HEATHER NELSON)

The Kearns were exercising as a family even before its youngest members could walk.

Jim and Ann Kearns of Crystal Lake would bring their daughters, Maggie and Bridget, now 15 and 14, for swims in the pool at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center when they were babies.

The family still goes to Health Bridge — with locations in Crystal Lake and Huntley — regularly, taking advantage of the center’s family fitness times to swim, do yoga, use the equipment and stay fit together.

“It’s about living life and doing fun things with them,” Ann Kearns says of her family’s emphasis on fitness.

Make Fitness Fun With the new year will come all sorts of resolutions regarding fitness: new gym memberships. Diets. Weight loss goals.

But for families like the Kearns, fitness goes beyond personal efforts.

Stay fit, and your kids likely will, too, even as they grow older, they say. This has become especially important as statistics involving the number of overweight and obese Americans continue to rise.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of McHenry County Magazine.