Need ideas on being active as a family? Here are 8 tips for making exercise a family affair!
- Go on a walk or bike ride before or after dinner.
- Hold a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
- Sign up for a 5K or kid-friendly adventure race.
- Try an indoor or outdoor rock-climbing excursion.
- Sign up for a fitness program designed for adults and children.
- Go to a local park - play with your kids, too!
- Go for a family swim during the dog days of summer.
- Have a family game night with activities like catch, Frisbee, leap frog or something else fun.
It's time to get moving this May during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and make fitness a family affair!
This May, we're focusing on the family as we celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! There's never been a better time to make getting fit a family affair! Setting the foundation for a healthy life is important by making physical activity a way of life. Demonstrate your own commitment to good health by exercising regularly and include your kids when you can. And if you're active before you start a family, you'll be more likely to continue. So, be a positive example for your children!
Why it Matters
With our busy lives, it's often difficult to find time to spend together. Exercising can be the perfect opportunity to strengthen those family ties while you get fit! Exercising together also provides a support system to help keep each other accountable. Try participating in a local 5K run/walk together! Setting goals together and overcoming challenges can strengthen your bond as a family much more effectively than being in separate rooms on the computer, playing video games or watching television. Experiencing challenges together such as a 5K and overcoming goals provides the family with unity or taking a family walk will provide the opportunity to have conversations with your children about their lives. Kids are born to be active, but if you don't provide a positive example, they could end up living a sedentary lifestyle.
Motor development and control, as well as movement patterns, are important for all children's development. Many activities for kids allow them to develop these skills, including soccer, gymnastics, dance and basketball. In these sports, children are able to work on flexibility, balance, eye-hand coordination, eye-foot coordination, strength and use body weight for muscle development and strengthening of joints. Find activities your child is interested in and allow them to participate and gauge their interest. You may have a future star on your hands! Have a fun, safe and healthy summer with your family, and make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Learn more about physical activity recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and find local walking/running events for the family from the Mississippi Track Club.