Today’s sedentary lifestyle among kids is largely a result of technology. More and more parents are seeking to pull their children away from their devices by encouraging them to exercise. And the best way to do this is as a family. Exercising as a family will have a positive impact on the general wellbeing of your household as well as the relationships between each family member. To encourage this practice, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is celebrating Family Health & Fitness Day on June 8, 2019. This year’s theme is “Get Fit” With Parks and Recreation.
NRPA is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Celebrated the second Saturday in June each year, Family Health & Fitness Day promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy. Agencies everywhere are encouraged to participate by inviting families to get active at their local park or recreation center, or by hosting an event, such as a health fair or family fun run.
Children learn by observing and their parents are often considered to be the best role models. The base for lifetime fitness is built in childhood, and making family fitness a priority early on can yield results for years to come. Here are some healthy fun activities to try out with your family:
- Take an outdoor walk with your family. Walking together, either before school or after dinner, is a great chance to chat with each other.
- Swimming is another great idea.
- A park visit, hiking and scenic walks are enjoyable and cheap ways to exercise with your kids and teach them to appreciate Mother Nature up close and personal. This outdoor activity can create some lasting memories as well as lifelong habit of staying in shape.
- Kids love bicycles as they represent fun, freedom, and fresh air. Ride a bicycle with them – it’s a fun and healthy activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.
- Activities such as planting flowers or starting a vegetable garden can get the whole family moving.
- Go on a hiking treasure hunt – look for odd shaped rocks, roots, beautiful flowers, etc.
- Set aside time for household chores and do them together as a family.
- Go camping with the family. Pitch a tent, gather firewood, fish, bike, and walk.
- Have the whole family jump rope while practicing spelling.
Regardless of age and experience, it’s never too late to promote family fitness. Visit www.nrpa.org to learn how you can promote Family Health & Fitness Day in your community.