Family Exercise is Important!

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Did you know that children do follow in their parents’ footsteps? This is good and bad news! Literally.

This is the conclusion of NIH-funded researchers who found that in underserved populations, parents’ physical activity—and their sedentary behavior—directly correlates with the activity level of their preschoolers. Researchers say these findings, published January 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could lead to interventions that focus more on helping parents model—not just encourage—an active lifestyle for their children.

Knowing this information it is important to remember that being active benefits the whole family. Here are some ideas of how to incorporate activities together:

  1. Go for a before or after-dinner walk.
  2. Turn up the music and dance.
  3. Make a game out of household chores.
  4. Sneak workouts into other activities.
  5. Have a weekly sports night.
  6. Walk or run for charity.
  7. Put kids to work in the yard.
  8. Walk the dog.
  9. Team up for gardening.

What is your family doing to stay active? Share here or on our Facebook page.

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