Fit Together: How to stay active as a family


What are you teaching your children about forming good health habits? Showing your children what a healthy lifestyle looks like can give them a head start on adopting those behaviors and making a lifetime commitment to them.

An active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. Keep your children moving and encourage them to view exercise as a fun activity, not a chore. Even moderate physical activity helps children build good cardiovascular strength and burn those excess calories that can turn into extra weight. Exercise also helps children stay alert and more focused in the classroom.

So how can you stay active with your family? Look for creative ways to work up a sweat together. Take a walk after dinner, garden, play touch football in the backyard or train for a charity walk or run.
Here are the top benefits of getting fit (and having fun) with your family.

Group activities help build relationships, strengthen bonds and forge lasting memories. Even if you're just kicking around a soccer ball or walking the dog together, your children love spending time with you and feel special when you carve out time to be with them.

Children tend to share more when you participate in activities with them. If you want your children to open up, start playing with them.

Saving money
Taking a neighborhood walk or playing in the park costs less than going to the movies or downloading another app to keep your children entertained. It may not be obvious to them at first, but showing your children how to make their own fun teaches them how to use their time more wisely and more responsibly. Nothing is freer than the imagination, and physical activity is a great way to stimulate the mind.

Benefits for you
Children need to see you walking the walk and not just talking the talk. Doing so helps ensure that your message about the importance of exercise sinks in. By playing with your children, you're actively demonstrating that burning calories, strengthening your heart and toning your muscles makes a vital contribution to staying both happy and productive day in and day out. 

Finally, don't forget that family activities are actually fun for you, too. Playtime is quality time. Every moment you dedicate to family togetherness and health is an invaluable investment in your children's future.

Goshen Health wants you to learn how to maintain an active lifestyle and participate in forming healthy habits with your child. That's why we created the Fit Together program, designed for children ages 5-12 and their parents. Topics include healthy eating, food label reading, playful exercise and family physical activity. Check out our upcoming events here. The events are free, but space is limited, so sign up today!