August is National Family Fun month, so today for fitness Friday I want to talk about ways to work out as a family. Sometimes it is hard to get kids nowadays to go outside and be active, especially with your busy work/school/treatment schedule, but children seem to learn by observation from their parents or caregivers. Working out as a family teaches younger children good lifestyle practices to follow.
Not only is your health as the caregiver for your family important, but the health of others around you as well is something that is equally important to keep up with. Here at BCCA, we like to educate others on preventing breast cancer, and one way is through physical activity. Many women do not undergo the recommended amount of physical activity per week, but also children are falling under the recommendation for physical activity as well.
Here are some ways families can be active together:
- Before and After dinner walks
- Dance parties!
- Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks
- Weekly sport nights
- Work in the yard
- Take the dogs for a walk
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Recently, I have been trying to find fun activities my teenaged niece and nephew would like to do while they are out of school for the summer. Through my search I found an indoor trampoline facility to take them to, and WOW was that fun for even me! I don’t think I have laughed or enjoyed being that active in a very long time. We jumped on trampolines for 2 hours and it never got boring. We made fun games like who could jump the highest, who could do the best trick, or who could beat the other to the opposite end of the trampoline. In the facility, they had trampoline soccer and dodgeball fields that made the games so much more interesting. But, the best part about the whole thing was that we were having fun while being physically active.
Getting in those recommended physical activity hours in each week doesn’t have to be a chore or hassle. There are so many fun and exciting activities you can incorporate into your day to keep you and your family active.