Fitting in Physical Activity
After meeting with both Fit Family Challenge spotlight families, I can see that one obstacle they have in common with many other folks is finding time to be physical active.
We all know that physical activity is important and that we need to get at least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. Where most of us have the problem is how to make this possible. Our days are filled with work, school, lessons, homework, maintaining the house, taking care of our families and much more. How can we spare 30 to 60 minutes for physical activity? The answer to that question is that it is important for your health and the health of everyone in your family.
I’m not going to tell you it's easy to fit activity into your daily routine, but with a little creativity, it is less difficult. Here are some tips that can help you get more physical activity each day:
- Start your day 30 to 60 minutes early with some physical activity.
- Use your lunch break to be active.
- Take a family walk after dinner each night.
- Play alongside your children as they are being active.
- Park your car and walk everywhere you can.
- Use online sites and videos to be active indoors when you can’t get outside.
- Take 10-minute breaks throughout the day to be physically active.
- Walk or run while your kids are playing sports or taking lessons.
- Do your own yard and house work.
- Walk and talk at home or at the office (walk whenever you are on the phone or hold walking meetings with colleagues).
- Give up 30 to 60 minutes of screen time and use it to be active.
- Commit to making exercise part of your schedule.
- Wear a fitness tracker as a motivational tool.
- Be active with your family or a group.
- Choose something you enjoy and have fun!
Evie Houtz, the program specialist for Be Active Kids, serves as the Fit Family Challenge spotlight families' fitness instructor.