Fitness with the Family
Although it can be great to workout alone, it can be wonderful to find ways to be active with your whole family. So much of our lives are spent indoors and glued to screens, which can be detrimental to family health. “The American Heart Association recommends that healthy children, age 2 and older, participate in an hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Children who meet this goal will find it easier to maintain a healthy weight as they work to prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke.” On the other hand, physical inactivity can lead to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, low bone density which can become osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrial, and lung. To encourage your kids to be active, here are a few ideas to try with your family.
● Explore your neighborhood. Take a daily family walk together and leave all the electronics at home! You could even make it more adventurous by adding a game like “I Spy” or a scavenger hunt.
● Create regular family fun time. Pick activities that’ll get you moving, like mini golf, batting cages, or bowling. Another alternative is to just start a game of tag in the backyard. Even if your kids are older, there’s something fun and nostalgic about revisiting a childhood classic.
● Encourage active playtime with active toys. Jump ropes, balls, and kites are all simple toys that can encourage a lot of movement instead of being sedentary on the couch.
● Delegate outside chores to your kids. If they’re old enough, consider having your kids help out with some of the outside chores like raking leaves or shoveling snow.
● Incorporate more activity into your daily transportation. If you’re fortunate to live close enough to the businesses you frequent, consider replacing a car ride with walking, bicycling, or rollerblading.
Incorporating daily fitness with your family doesn’t have to be a chore (well, except for raking leaves or shoveling snow!); it can be a fun way to not only improve your family’s overall health, but to bond as well. Your kids are only home with you for a limited amount of time, so make the most of it and share experiences as well as teaching them healthy habits they will carry into adulthood.
Disclaimer: Vemma Nutrition Company recommends following a healthy approach to weight loss by consulting with your physician or healthcare provider prior starting any new exercise or diet plan.
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