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Start with a Strong Active Family

Posted In Featured, Parenting, Sports, Young - By KidsMug On Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 With 0 Comments

 

Unfortunately, less than 60 percent of adults are physically active on a regular basis. And 25 percent aren’t active at all. Inactive people have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. So, to build a family based on healthy habits, it’s up to you to set the tone at home.

How? Do something. Do anything. Do less “nothing.” There are countless ways that families can have fun and get physically active. And your kids’ 60 minutes of physical activity each day don’t need to be completed all at once. Just help them get moderate and vigorous activity for 10 or 15 minutes several times throughout the day.

De-Activate Your Screens

  • TV Time-Out: Time spent watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet is time your kids could be using to stay physically active.
  • Unglue Yourself: Your kids won’t like cutting back on Screen Time if they see you as the family couch potato. The best way to influence their behavior is to set a good example.
  • No Re-runs: Change things up to keep activity interesting. Try physical activities that offer variety such as shooting hoops, walking the dog, playing catch or riding bikes.
  • Pre-Screening: Have your kids pick their favorite shows each week. Turn on the TV just for those shows, and then turn it off afterwards. That way, they won’t end up watching whatever comes on next.

Fit as a Family

  • Walk the Walk: Eat dinner as a family, and then go for a walk together.
  • Game of the Week: Spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon skating or playing touch football.
  • Form a Team: Sign up for a family fun run, fun walk or car wash.
  • Sign Up: Buy a family membership at the neighborhood recreation center, YMCA or health club.
  • Lesson Up: Check your neighborhood park for free tennis or golf lessons, and sign up as a family.
  • Tackle Chores: Do housework or yard work together.

Article taken from Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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