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    Fun Ways to Stay Active and Healthy With Your Family



    Did you ever think you'd have to coax your child to go outside and play? Unfortunately, screen time now competes with outdoor play and sports. While your kids may not think of football, tag, or hide-and-seek as healthy ways to stay active, these fun games can actually help your children get their recommended daily dose of physical activity.


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Sadly, research shows that most kids do not—only 21.6 percent of kids ages 6 to 19 are meeting physical activity guidelines. Adults aren't doing any better: only 20.9 percent meet the current Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.


    Scheduling exercise into your busy life may seem daunting, but the benefits go way beyond just physical health, for both you and your children. It can help you:


    • increase energy
    • improve self-image
    • manage stress better
    • build strong bones and muscles
    • improve sleep habits
    • maintain a healthy weight
    • improve concentration and memory


    One of the best things you can do for your child is to make regular exercise a family activity. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, your child is more likely to be active if you are. Here are four ways to stay active that the whole family can enjoy together:


    1. Have a Dance Party


    Pump up the volume on your radio or electronic device and throw your hands in the air like you just don't care. Jump, shimmy, twirl, dip, and shake it. Dancing is an easy way to burn calories, break a sweat, have fun, and get moving.


    2. Play Ball


    You don't need a whole team to throw a ball around in your backyard or at a park. Grab a football, a baseball and mitt, a basketball, or even a Frisbee. If you have the yard space, a badminton set can lead to some fun, healthy family competition.


    3.Go for a Walk or Bike Ride


    Instead of relaxing in front of the television after dinner, go for a family walk or bike ride. While you can enjoy these activities at any time, they're an especially good substitute for internet surfing or vegging out on the couch.


    4. Make the Most of TV Commercials


    It's unlikely that you will forgo television time with your family altogether, but by combining couch time with active time, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Do drills like running in place, push-ups, jumping jacks, or sit-ups during advertisements.


    When you lead by example, your kids will be a lot more likely to want to go out and play. You'll also be getting your daily dose of exercise, all while enjoying some quality family time.


    By Joelle Klein





    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Family Play Time


    PBS Parents: Encouraging Family Fitness and Healthy Habits


    Kidshealth.org: Motivating Kids to Be Active


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Physical Activity Statistics


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How Much Physical Activity do Children Need?


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Exercise or Physical Activity FastStats


    health.gov: Physical Activity Guidelines: At-A-Glance: A Fact Sheet for Professionals


    SHAPE America: Press release: Less than one quarter of children . . .


    Harvard Health: Regular Exercise Releases Brain Chemicals Key for Memory, Concentration, and Mental Sharpness

    These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.