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Staying Active as a Family

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Want to exercise, but don’t want to take time away from your kids to do it? No problem, include them!

In our busy lives, we work, go to school, make dinner, and then after all of that each day we simply want to find time to spend with our kids. But where does exercise fit in? Let’s multi-task! Stay active with your kids to have the best of both worlds.

Exercise is just as important for your children, and leading by example is the best way to start your whole family on the path to fitness. The health threat of obesity for our children is preventable, yet 32 percent of children are either overweight or obese. Young children who are obese are highly likely to become obese teenagers, and develop risk factors for cardiovascular disease. So let’s start today by not only helping yourself, but your children too!

Make exercise part of your daily routine, and make it fun! Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Take family walks instead of sitting down to watch TV after dinner
  • Instead of video games, give your children toys and games that encourage movement; and go outside and stay active with them (this includes any season, bundle up and go sledding!)
  • Take your children to a park or public area to play sports, encourage new activities for them to try
  • Spend time on the weekend at a local nature area to get a change of the scenery with your activity
  • Hit up the local roller skating rink for a fun Friday night
  • Explore your neighborhood or town on bikes together, consider a trail to follow (Falling Waters Trail is a great option!)
  • Sign up for a charity walk or race with your children
  • Volunteer for community clean up projects to get involved and active

Exercise doesn’t always have to be so formal; the idea is to enjoy what you’re doing so you are more likely to do it for the rest of your life. Stay positive about exercise so that your kids are encouraged to stay active and associate exercise with fun… and that can help you stay moving too.

So now the only question is, how will you stay active with your kids?

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