You made it through the shortest days of the year, and now that the days are longer, take some time to add more physical activity to your family’s day. Balancing your child’s school day, homework and other activities can be hectic, but making small changes this spring can lead to big rewards. Before you know it, your family will become a more active and healthier bunch.
Parents are role models for their children. When your children see you eating right and being physically active, there’s a good chance they’ll do the same. Living a healthier, more physically active lifestyle doesn’t require expensive sporting equipment or memberships. There are fun, creative ways to improve your family’s physical activity habits.
To start, monitor your family’s daily activities for one week. Identify times when your family could increase its physical activity. Each week, add more activity into your family’s routine.
Here Are A Few Ideas To Get You Started:
Start with small steps to get your family to move more. Making little changes can help everyone maintain a healthy weight. When your children see you being physically active, there’s a good chance they will do the same.
For more tips on how to help your family live a healthier lifestyle, visit the We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® website: wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov.