Keeping your family on the move!

Bodies in motion

family-fitnessA body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. This breakthrough discovery from four centuries ago is a good reminder about the value of making activity and fitness part of your child’s life at an early age. Consider this:

  • Active kids do better in school.
  • Active kids are less likely to be overweight adults.
  • Adults who were active as kids are more likely to stay active, and less likely to have problems like heart disease and diabetes, along with other problems linked to obesity.

Making time to move

Fitness doesn’t have to take a lot of time. As little as 30 minutes a day three times a week can make a big difference. Most families can find that time by turning off the TV, computer, phone, and other devices. Make it a part of your after-school or after-dinner routine. Plan at least one family activity every weekend. Exploring different activities helps kids find things they enjoy and want to stick with.

Easy and fun ways to get your family in motion

  • Muscle through errands. Bike or walk to the grocery store, library, bank, or dry cleaner, or to your child’s school or sports events.
  • Take a walk. Walking is easy to fit into your day, no matter how full it is. It’s also a great time to catch up with each other, without other distractions. Don’t forget the dog, who loves a good walk, too.
  • Get your game on at gatherings. Planning a kid’s birthday party? Include activities such as tag or relay races. If you have a pool, start a game of water polo or Marco Polo. Or consider hosting the party at an in-line or ice skating rink, or climbing at an indoor rock gym. Gather the troops at family and holiday gatherings for a quick walk around the neighborhood or a short hike at a local park. Or get everyone outside for a game of catch or basketball.
  • Walk the talk. The folks in your family don’t have to be the only ones benefitting from activity. Sign the family up for a charity walk, run, or bike ride. Participating in community events demonstrates to your kids how helping others benefits everyone. Plus, you’re all likely to log in some extra miles preparing for race day.
  • Double duty chores. Household chores have to get done, so why not make them a fun activity? Play music as you work, and take turns choosing favorite songs. Younger children can pick up toys, sweep floors, or help plant and tend a garden. Older kids can dust, vacuum, change bedding, and rake leaves.
  • Get back to nature. Take a family camping trip. Tasks like collecting wood, pitching tents, and building campfires will keep everyone active. After setting up camp, let the kids choose family activities, like hiking, tubing, swimming, etc.

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