According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is recommended that adults get at least 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity, or 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity. The CDC also recommends that children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.
It might be a challenge to keep the whole family moving but here are some creative ways to keep your family active, that will feel less like a workout and more like FUN!
Creatively Active Ideas:
Go for pre- or post- dinner walks
Building a walk into your daily schedule will ensure that you and your family don’t miss it. The walk can be as short as a scenic trip around the block or to the end of a neighboring street—without a doubt, every little bit counts. If you have young children, you can make a game out of it by counting how many birds you see along the way or counting how many yards have flowers planted in them; the possibilities are endless!
Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks
Did you know the average commercial break is 2-3 minutes long? That’s more than enough time for you and your family to get in a healthy amount of reps while waiting for your favorite show to return. You can even do simple moves like clapping, marching in place or jumping—as long as you’re up and moving!
Sneak workouts into everyday activities
This one is simple. Opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the entrance of the grocery store, walk up the escalator instead of just standing. You and your family can implement these changes into your daily routine, without seeming like a workout. Imagine what a difference you can make in the amount of steps you take per day by making a slight change in how you normally do things.
Walk or run for charity
With so many great causes to support, there’s bound to be a charity or foundation in your area that is having an upcoming walk or run to help those in need. Not only is there great value in exercise, but equally as much value in giving back to society. Click here to find upcoming events in your area. Change is good.
Work together to complete household chores
Another great way to get the family active is to work together getting things done around the house. You can make chores exciting by turning up the music while cleaning, singing, and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. New seasons also bring about new activities like raking leaves, cutting grass, planting flowers, and clearing snow. Working together will cut down on the time it takes to complete chores. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you will all be getting in a workout at the same time.
Keep in mind that exercising with your family doubles as quality time. Creativity can turn every day into an opportunity to get fit and have fun—together!