Balancing your child’s school day, homework and other activities can be hectic, but making small changes can lead to big rewards. Before you know it, your family will become a more active and healthier bunch!
Parents are role models for their children—when your children see you eating right and being physically active, there’s a good chance they’ll do the same. Living a healthier, more physically active lifestyle doesn’t require expensive sporting equipment or memberships. There are fun, creative ways to improve your family’s physical activity habits. Here are ideas to get you started:
- Play a game of tag instead of watching TV. Tag provides fun and physical activity. Children love it—especially if they can chase their parents—and it increases everyone’s heart rate all at once.
- Start a family garden. Begin getting the soil ready to plant flowers and vegetables. If you have limited space, try growing herbs in pots. Homegrown vegetables and herbs are great money savers and ensure you’ll have something available for healthy summer meals and snacks.
- Go old school. Help your children draw hopscotch or four square courts on the sidewalk. Sidewalk chalk is a colorful and inexpensive way for children to create their own activity space.
- Plan a nature scavenger hunt. Pick up small nets and mason jars for kids to use to catch butterflies or interesting insects. Collect wild flowers around the neighborhood or at a local park.
- Help your children organize a game. Try getting a neighborhood softball or kickball game together with their friends. Pitch in by planning healthy snacks and drinks to keep everyone energized during games.