John Basedow: Fitness can be fun for the whole family and warm weather makes getting fit together easier than ever. The CDC recommends children get 60 minutes of physical activity each day, while adults should get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
Well this seems like a lot way this time against other things on your schedule and ask, is my health more important than everything else I am filling my time with? Getting fit together can be as simple as shooting hoops, or walking the family dog around the neighborhood. If your kids are up for extended walking, find local festivals or state fair.
Enjoy the day as a family with healthy snacks, and wear a pedometer to track exactly how many miles you cover. Also popular are family bike rides. Tour the neighborhood or pack up the car and go for an adventure on a trail.
Be sure to explain rules of the road and instruct children to wear helmets at all times. If the yard or garden needs work, family chore time is both productive and a great physical activity.
Remember to stretch before any heavy lifting, and limit children to activities that are safe and won't cause over-exertion.
Pulling weeds, raking leaves or mowing the lawn are ideal for strengthening arms and squats can be added to any chore for a fitness boost.
If you prefer to work for a reward, take the family on a hike and celebrate with a picnic at the end. Make sure your children have comfortable shoes for the hike and keep an eye on the weather conditions before you head out.
Staying active as a family will promote life long physical fitness habits and will keep you feeling strong and healthy!