Start Moving

Moving more may seem like an uphill battle. How will you find the time? Where are the right facilities? Where to start? It’s important to ask these questions and more important to find the right answers that will help your family meet their physical activity needs. Learn what the physical activity challenges are for your family and create ways to move more.

Increase Physical Activity

Less than 60% of adults are physically active on a regular basis, 25% aren’t active at all. Inactive individuals have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. So, to build a family based on healthy habits, it’s up to you to set the tone at home.

Being active is essential to living a healthier life. Youth need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and adults need at least 30 minutes of activity every day. There are affordable and efficient solutions to get your family moving more that can fit into your busy schedule. Use the ideas below to transform your home into an active environment.

Plan to Move

When you make the decision to be more active, decide when and how you are going to be more active. Schedule your regular physical activity into your day so that it’s part of your routine and not an add-on that you hope to get to. And when things come up, plan around your physical activity so that it becomes a fixture in your life. Just decide to move, and then plan that movement into your day.

Break It Up

It is recommended for kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day and adults to get about 30. But you don’t have to do it all at the same time. Fit your fitness activities into 10-15 minute bursts that work for your schedule.

As a Family

It’s easier to encourage your family to move more when you move with them. Your family may be walkers. Go for a walk every night after dinner. Or maybe you’re runners, or basketball players, or really have no preference at all and just want to try a new form of fitness every day. Take the time to learn what activities your family enjoys together, and plan those activities into your day.

Set Goals

“To be healthier” is a hard goal to determine success. Set measurable goals for your family’s physical activity achievements. You can decide that your family will be active for 60 minutes five days out of the week. At the end of the week you can look back and see if you made your goal or if you need to work harder next week.

Types of Measurable Goals

  • Distance Goals
  • Frequency Goals
  • Intensity Goals
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