How to Become a More Active Family

Grab the kids and go for a walk!

Grab the kids and go for a walk!

Do you know how much physical activity you should get each day?   Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity each week (about 20 minutes per day), and children need 60 minutes a day.  Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and sweat on a machine.  There are easier ways to get the healthy exercise you and your kids need to stay fit and trim.

Easy Ways to Exercise

As a community partner of the USDA ChooseMyPlate initiative, the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss program supports the great advice offered by that organization.  Recently, they provided a downloadable tip sheet to help families get active and get healthy.  You’ll find ideas and information to help beginning level exercisers include more activity into each day.

Benefits of Family Exercise

As you build an exercise program in your home, you may notice a few benefits for you and for your kids.  These may include:

  • improved self-confidence
  • team building, camaraderie among siblings
  • greater interest in healthy eating, activities
  • less time in front of the television

Studies have also shown that children who exercise on a regular basis have a lower risk of developing diabetes, obesity and other common conditions as they age.  In some studies, active children have also demonstrated better performance in school.

Check out the resources at your local park or community center to find a list of inexpensive or free activities in your area.

Still not sure when you’ll find time to exercise?  Download our exercise time finder and use it during your next family dinner to schedule your family fitness time.

 

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