Fun and Fitness for the Whole Family

young brother and sister run on a sidewalk with their mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather in the background

Regular physical activity is important for children and adults alike. But it’s not always easy to drag the kids away from screen time without a struggle. One idea is to be a good role model, get active, and join in the fun.

Take advantage of warmer weather by playing active games outside. On bad weather days, find indoor fun such as a local roller rink, or even dancing to the radio in the house!

Other ideas include:

  • Planting flowers or starting a vegetable garden in your yard
  • Exploring a local park
  • Throwing around a ball or Frisbee
  • Challenging the neighborhood kids to a running race
  • Playing a game of “Simon Says” that includes active commands, such as hopping on one leg or doing jumping jacks
  • Kicking around a soccer ball and taking turns being goalie
  • Walking together to get your heart rates up while you appreciate the warmer temperatures

Or come up with your own ideas for active family play time. You’ll have quality time with your loved ones and enjoy the health benefits of staying active.

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