Get moving with your child!
Being a parent is one of the most rewarding roles in life. However, caring for a family is a full-time job and it can be tough finding time to fit in physical activity and care for yourself. Instead of trying to carve out extra time for physical activity, why not make being active together part of the family routine. Your child, no matter the age, can be the perfect activity partner!
Infant (0-2): A baby can make physical activity time challenging. However, there are many ways you can incorporate physical activity into your routine with them. For example, you can walk around the house while soothing them. On warmer days you can put some mileage on the stroller and go for a walk. Finally got the little one asleep? Try doing a short 10 minute exercise activity. All activity is good, even in short spurts.
Early and middle childhood (3-11): During this stage children are at their prime for playtime so join them! Visit your local park and play with your kids on the playground. Children love to play games! Play tag, hide and seek, or let your imagination run wild and create your own game! You can also play music and just dance! Be silly and have a good time with your child, they will love having fun with you!
Adolescence (12-18): During this stage kids are trying to gain some independence from their parents so try to incorporate physical activities that involves time with them and their friends. Reach out to your child’s friend’s parents to do activities together like walking or running in a group, or playing an evening game of basketball, soccer or football with your children! It will not only strengthen friendships, it also provides you with your own active community!
Families come in all shapes and sizes. It may take a little time to figure out what works best for your family. Keep trying until you do! Looking for a way to get started? Join our free family spring 5K walk/run on March 26, 2017! All ages are welcome! There will be fun family activities at the Wellness expo and along the race course! Sign up here!
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