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Are you taking steps toward becoming a physically active family? Physical activity is integral to health, and there are many small steps you can take as a family to increase physical activity and improve your family’s health.
Steps toward becoming a physically active family
1. Use What’s Available. Exercise does not have to be fancy be effective. Take advantage of the spring and summer season and step outside for a 30-minute walk before dinner. If walking in your neighborhood is not safe or possible, head to a local park or playground. If the weather outside is bad, start up an indoor dance party!
2. Find Local Resources. Check out your local library or community center for free or reasonably priced fitness classes. If you are interested in a certain class and it is not offered, suggest it!
3. Sneak In Movement. Little habits can make a big difference when it comes to your family’s health and wellness. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park far away when running errands and walk to errands that you can do on foot. Instead of worrying about fitting in an hour at a time to exercise, look at all of the five-minute chances you have throughout your day to sneak in movement.
4. Commit. Interested in taking a family yoga or gym class? Most gyms and studios will let you sign up in advance. Plan to take the class, sign up and pay in advance. Planning and paying in advance will decrease stress once you arrive and also motivate you to show up. Come check out our yoga classes at KareBoost
5. Make movement fun. Instead of chore Saturday, make cleaning into one big dance party. Throw on some fun music and assign age-appropriate tasks to family members. Ordinary chores and activities can become opportunities for movement.
6. Turn off the TV. Commit to time each week without screens. Perhaps start with one afternoon a week, and gradually increase it to one day a week. You might be surprised at how much easier being active is when there’s no TV, games or phones around to distract.
7. Respect Family Members. Maybe you love to play team sports, but one child cannot think of anything worse. Instead of making one family member miserable and potentially turning them against exercise for life, listen to them and find activities that they like. Not everybody has to like everything but include some activities for each individual family member so that movement stays enjoyable, and exercise becomes something to look forward to, not dread.
Interested in becoming a physically active family? Come work with our Health Coaches to figure out how to get your family more active or make an appointment with our Fitness Coach.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach