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Togetherness Advances Wellness: Stay Active With Your Family

Want your kids to stay active? According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, spending quality time together may be the solution.                                  

We all know kids learn by watching their parents, observing their every move and mimicking their actions. With so many negative distractions around us, it’s more important now than ever to set a positive, healthy example for your children, including their activity level. And what better way to do so, than by spending quality time with your kids.

Help your children stay active by being active with them. All children should be physically active for at least one hour every day. Encourage your child to find activities they enjoy by building physical activity into family life. Here are some simple ways to stay active with your children:

Plan an outdoor activity: Set aside one day a weekend to do something active as a family: swimming in the summer, sledding or ice-skating in the winter, or biking in the spring and fall.

Take classes together: Ask around at your local gym or community center about yoga or aerobics classes offered to parents and kids together. Parent-child classes help promote exercise and build bonds in a fun and exciting environment.

Organize a scavenger hunt: What better way to get kids running around then by planning a scavenger hunt for the whole family. Make a list of challenges (get a neighbor’s signature, find a yellow flower), split your family into teams, then head off and see who can complete the most tasks!

Host a family Olympics tournament: Get the whole family moving with a family Olympics event. Compete in events like 50-yard dash, relay race, hula-hoops, basketball shoot and an obstacle course. 

And just as important as promoting an active family, is preparing healthy meals. Take your kids to the farmer’s market to pick out their own fruits and veggies, and involve them in the food preparation. They’ll be much more likely to enjoy their healthy meal and clear their plates!

How do you and your family stay active together? Share your stories in the comment section below!


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