Family Tips for Getting Fit2012-Jan-04
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Families hoping to improve
their fitness and overall health in 2012 should spend less time in
front of a TV or computer screen and more time being active
together, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
The group offers the following tips to help your family get
moving and stay fit throughout the year:
- Take a walk. Stroll together after a family meal or walk
around the mall when it's cold or raining.
- Choose an outing. Spend a weekend afternoon going to a pool,
skating rink or basketball court.
- Take breaks. Try to fit in 10 to 15 minutes of rigorous
physical activity several times a day.
- Team up. Have the family sign up for a group run, walk or car
- Limit TV. Select which shows kids will watch ahead of time
and limit screen time to just those programs.
- Join a club. Buy a family membership to a town recreation
center, YMCA or health club.
- Learn something new. Have family members take a lesson in an
activity, such as martial arts, fencing or gymnastics.
- Chores count. Working together around the house or in the
yard is another way families can stay active.
The alliance added that parents should be role models for their
children. That means they should strive to make healthier changes
in their own lives as well as their children's routines.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information
exercise and physical fitness.
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