Science has proven that physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of chronic disease, improved bone health, cognitive function, weight management, and overall quality of health.

Family exercise may look different to many families. It can be a family hike in the woods, bike ride, dog walk, jumping rope, playing tag or catch in the park, a tennis match, and many more activities. Most importantly, it is done together and you are enjoying it!

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) “childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health.”

Establishing healthy habits early on; including eating healthy foods, reducing screen time on laptops and cell phones, and finding ways to get more active together will create good habits for your child to build on.

Along with the physical benefits of exercise are the emotional benefits of bonding time with your child(ren) and other family members. Exercising together is a great time to get to know your child. You will learn one another’s strengths and weaknesses. It is the perfect time for communicating and sharing what you have been thinking about. This bonding time will foster strong trusting relationships as you grow together.

Additionally, studies show that children who exercise experience improved levels of confidence and self- esteem. In a 24-7 world that is always buzzing with demands from school, friends, sports, etc., children especially can become overwhelmed and depressed.

Exercise can lower levels of stress, anxiety, and help with problem-solving and conflict resolution capabilities.

According to Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Why not get up, get out, and get moving any which way you choose, but do it together!

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