After a fabulous summer with many opportunities to be outside and be active, the kids are in school and have started new routines. So, now is the time to think about how your family can stay active during the fall and winter.
In addition to healthy eating, regular physical activity is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health and reduce our chances of getting chronic diseases. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provide recommendations on the amounts and types of physical activity needed each day. Adults need at least 2-1/2 hours of physical activity each week. Youth ages 6-17 need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Here are some ways you can play and be active with your family.
Build physical activity into your family’s daily routine. Take a walk after dinner, do housework together, bike to school or plan trips to the playground on the weekends.
Use local, low-cost or free places like public parks, trails, baseball fields and basketball courts.
Plan for indoor and outdoor activities. Choose indoor activities such as housework and dancing. For outdoor activities, dress for colder weather and choose activities such as raking leaves, hiking in the woods and playing in the snow.
Include other families as you plan fun physical activities. This is a great way for you and your kids to spend time with friends while being physically active.
For more ideas on being active as a family, healthy recipes and more, visit flesny.org or choosemyplate.gov. Look for Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York nutrition educators at farmers markets, food pantries and community events near you.