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Increasing Your Family’s Physical Activity

This month our family focus is on physical activity.  The American Heart Association recommends that children get one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise daily.  I don’t know about your family but there are some (lazy) days when my girls don’t get anywhere near that much.  I do try to encourage my girls to be more active and I recommend physical activities whenever I hear the dreaded, “I’m so bored!”  Most days I am successful at it but like anything else in life, there is always room for improvement.

I believe that it is important to instill a love and a desire for physical activity at a young age–it’s one of the reasons that I started a homeschool girls running group.  Obesity levels amongst America’s children are skyrocketing and lack of exercise is a partly to blame.  Did you know that the percentage of overweight children ages 6-11 has increased 300 percent in the last 25 years?  And you’ve probably heard the statistic that for the first time our generation of children has a shorter life expectancy than their parents.  I’m hoping that my children don’t make that statistic a reality.  I want them to live long, happy and healthy lives and I know that this time I have with them while they are little is crucial for teaching them good lifelong habits.

I try to get 30 minutes of exercise with the girls at least three days a week.  Some of the things we do are :  walking to the park, running, playing the Wii, jumping on the trampoline, jumping rope, playing tag, playing basketball, playing tennis and riding our bikes.  My goals for this month are:

  • Go on an active, fun, family outing at least twice this month.  Ideas I have for this are: geocaching, hiking, skating, and bowling.  We’re also planning a trip to Busch Gardens where we will be getting in a ton of walking!
  • Teach the girls the basics of at least two sports.  We’re not a very sports oriented family (other than running!) and my girls are pretty clueless about soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball and football!  I think it’s time we at least teach them how to hit a softball!
  • Family Mile Challenge.  I’m going to start a chart and keep track of how many miles we collectively run/walk/ride our bikes this month.  As we reach certain numbers the girls will earn prizes (preferably non-food items like new water bottles, a new ball, etc).
I’m looking forward to spending more time with them just playing and having fun.  It’s time for all of us to put down our electronics (unless we’re geocaching, of course!) and spend time doing healthy activities together!
What kind of physical activities do your kids like to do?  Do your kids get the recommended hour a day of physical activity?
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  1. I love the idea of the family mile challenge! How are you going to track it? I want to invest in some pedometers I think.

    My daughter LOVES dance, she takes dance class, but I’d say every other day we have a dance party.

    I’m so happy its getting warm out again so we can go for walks and enjoy being outside!

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