Remaining physically active while raising a family can be a difficult task. It is hard finding time to engage in activities when it seems as if the to-do list never ends. But physical activity is one of the most important parts of living a healthy life. Physical activity has benefits such as helping to maintain healthy bones, controlling weight, and even promoting sound sleep. All of these benefits could be experienced by your entire family, so why not make family time active time? Not only will participating in physical activity with the family allow you to be active and healthy, it will also demonstrate to children the importance of physical activity and how much fun it can be!
Activities, such as going to the park or a day hike, are great ways in which the family can bond and be physically active at the same time. Focus on planning a family trip that involves these types of activities two to three times a month. Planning these activities ahead of time will give the entire family something to look forward to. Not all activities have to be grand in order for them to be beneficial. Playing with your children for 30 minutes a day will allow you to participate in your daily activity and bond with your children while watching them learn and grow. Another option would be to plan an hour family walk or bike ride after dinner two times a week. By planning a set time to be physically active, you will be more likely to stick to it, especially if it allows the family to be together. Get the kids involved, and make a list of all the activities they would like to try.
USDA Food and Nutrition Services. Play Hard Your Way; Make Family Time an Active Time http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardhealthylifestyle/PlayHard/makefamilytimeanactivetime.htm
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