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Families who are active together, get healthy together. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity per day while adults should aim for 150 minutes per week. The most important thing to remember is to make physical activity fun! To help get everyone moving and sitting less, play this fun fitness activity, called FitBall. It is easy to play since it is similar to the hot potato game and uses little equipment. All ages will enjoy playing this fitness activity!
October: Be Active this Fall, 5 Family-Friendly Ways
Autumn is a great time to be active as a family. This month's edition shares 5 easy ways to help your family move more this October.
Are you wanting to take the next step and challenge your body a little more? Good for you! This months's article includes a few training tools for your first 5K run or half marathon.
A wonderful adventure for a child can begin with simply going on a walk or a hike. Children will not only have fun enjoying the outdoors but experience a wealth of exciting learning opportunities. Listed are some great ideas that can be used alone or as a springboard to another idea that will engage children in walking or hiking.
As the weather begins to warm up and the days become longer, many of us want to spend time outside rather than being cooped up inside. It is very tempting to sit outside on your deck or patio and enjoy the fresh air but it would be FANTASTIC if you took a walk first. Walking is a great way to start being more physically active. It is free, can be done just about anywhere, and doesn't require special equipment, just comfortable clothes and good shoes. Click here to learn more!
December 2016: Gifts to Help Families Be Active
September 2016: Food Safety for Spooky Fall Celebrations
August 2016: 5 Ways to Fall Back into Good Nutrition
July 2016: Are Protein Bars a Healthy Choice for On-the-Go Kids?
May 2016: Gardening with Kids
April 2016: Kite Flying Fun
March 2016: Indoor Fitness Activities
January 2016: Oatmeal - Whole Grain Goodness
December 2015: Be an Active Family during the Holidays
November 2015: Thankful for Health
October 2015: Be Active this Fall, 5 Family-Friendly Ways
September 2015: Wanting to go that Extra Mile?
May 2015: Engaging Children in Walking and Hiking
April 2015: Starting Walking
March 2015: Adult Fitness Test
February 2015: Love Walking
January 2015: Make 2015 a Healthy New Year
December 2014: Walking - A Gift to Yourself
November 2014: Adding Music to Workout Routines
October 2014: Safety Tips for Walking
September 2014: Think Outside the Cubicle
September 2014: Walking is a Man's Best Medicine
July 2014: Beat the Heat
June 2014: Up with Walking, Down with Blood Pressure
May 2014: "Appy" Feet
April 2014: Spring Into Fitness
March 2014: Furry Friend Fitness
February 2014: Walking Indoors
January 2014: New Year, New You!
December 2013: Walking at Work
November 2013: Finding Time for Fitness over the Holidays
October 2013: Increase Your "NEAT" at Work
September 2013: Where to Walk is Just as Important as When to Walk
August 2013: Fueling Your Walk with Foods from the Farmers Market
July 2013: Tips for Physical Activity during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
June 2013: Choose Healthy Fat
May 2013: Healthier Recipes Easy to Find
April 2013: Tai Chi Walk
March 2013: Jiggle Your Wiggle
February 2013: Exercise: An Immunity Boost
January 2013: Wear Layers Being Active Outdoors
December 2012: Exploring Physical Activity Myths
November 2012: Walk to Unwind
October 2012: Wellness at Work
September 2012: Exercise and Older Adults
August 2012: Distance Walking - Is it for you?
July 2012: Keeping Walking Fun
June 2012: Eating for Energy
May 2012: Don't Resist Strength Training
April 2012: Prevent Spring Sprains and Pains
March 2012: Adding Zing to Your Walk - Nordic Walking
February 2012: Walk for Your Heart
January 2012: Winter Blues
Physical activity is important for children and adults of all ages.
Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Here are a few tips to add activity to your family's busy schedule.
- Set specific activity times: Determine time slots throughout the week when the whole family is available. Try doing something active after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.
- Turn off the TV: Set a rule that no one can spend longer than 2 hours per day playing video games, watching TV, and using the computer.
- Plan for all weather conditions: Choose some activities that do not depend on the weather conditions. Try mall walking, indoor swimming, or active video games.