How can we be active as a family?

Make active time family time

Activity habits that are formed during early childhood increase the likelihood of being an active adult. Help your child develop a lifelong love of physical activity and meet the goal of 60 minutes a day.

Make physical activity a family affair – start by setting a goal to move more as a family. If 60 minutes of activity seems overwhelming, start with small increments of 5 to 10 minutes and gradually increase this time to 20 to 30 minute sessions to achieve 60 minutes each day.

Most importantly, find ways to be active that are fun – shoot hoops, take a bike ride, walk the dog, or just get out and play! Try new activities like skateboarding, in-line skating, yoga, swimming, and dance.

Try the following activities together, or come up with some on your own to make fitness fun for everyone:

  • Walk or bike to the store, school, park, library, or community event.
  • Explore close-to-home parks and trails for a fun and free activity.
  • Dance to your favorite tunes or build a fort indoors.
  • Celebrate special occasions – birthdays, holidays, anniversaries – with something active, such as a hike, bike ride, or Frisbee® game.
  • Walk or play with your pet; explore new walking routes and parks with your dog.
  • Friendly competition is fun! See who can shovel the tallest snow pile or rake the most leaves.

Keep track of family activity levels by posting an activity log on the refrigerator and acknowledge the person(s) who achieve it regularly.

As a parent or caregiver, role modeling an active lifestyle is important too. Schedule some time to be active on your own – show your children you are committed to being active too.

Most importantly, support your child in being active – whether playing with friends or participating in organized physical activities.

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