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Family-Friendly Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle

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Family-Friendly Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle

School demands, busy family lifestyles and, of course, television and other screened electronic devices that cause distractions fill up the day. Get the whole family involved in having an active regime. “Kids learn most of their traits from their parents by observing their behaviors,” Stepfán Taylor, pro NFL player and co-founder of ROXs Run&Scan, says. “Make sure you are leading by example and joining in on physical activities. You’re never too old or too cool to do it.” The best kids of activity is unstructured play, he adds.

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Pre-or post-dinner family walks

Walking after dinner is an ideal way to help digestion and burn calories. It’s a healthy habit that is a matter of safety, too, considering how big of a problem obesity is, Taylor says. Also, try walking around the house during commercial breaks or doing a few jumping jacks, squats and some light stretching to break up your evening sitting.

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Mix technology with exercise

Find or create interactive games that will not only get kids on their feet, but will get their imaginations working as well. If there’s a fun twist to an activity kids will be more willing to do it. ROXs Run&Scan is a new game that combines tech kids love with imagination and exercise. It’s basically a real-life video game where kids are the characters and must complete tasks and activities to earn points and win.

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Reward with activities, not screen time

Don’t raise kids to think of doing physical activity as a punishment. Reward them for doing homework or a household chore with a game of kickball or a visit to a park. You just have to know what your kid likes. If they enjoy basketball, shoot hoops after they cleaned their room, for example; if they like dancing, take them to a dance class, Taylor says.

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Make household chores a game

A fun and productive way to get kids physically active is making household chores and lawn work into a fun game to see who can accomplish a task the fastest or put on some music that will get kids dancing along while completing tasks. Vacuuming can be a lot of fun, too, Taylor says. Make it a competition about who’ll clean the best without leaving anything behind. Kids love to compete, he adds.

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Scavenger hunts

The process of finding new and interesting places is sure to entertain the kids. A scavenger hunt is a playful and adventurous game that could take you all over your city or town. If you have the time (and are an overachieving perfectionist) you could custom-make a special hunt. Or you could check the web for a version of scavenger hunts guided by an app. “It’s fun for parents to be kids as well,” Taylor says.

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Indoor rock climbing

If you are looking of new ways to get the kids to be more physically active, take them rock climbing. They will like the adventure and the challenge, and you will like that they are technically exercising and getting stronger (while having a lot of fun). Daily passes are around $15.

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Getting lost in a corn maze

The possibility of being “lost and stuck” is intriguing. Running through fields and trying to find a way out is a great bonding experience in the outdoors and an active cardio exercise. Just make sure the kids are with at least one parent. 

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Hiking and biking

Urban areas have adapted and become more bike-friendly. In addition to maintaining your fitness level and having fun with the kids, biking in the city is one of the best and most unique ways to explore its beauty and secrets. With thousands of spectacular trails in every state, you are a short drive away from an amazing trail. Reconnect with nature and with you family as you look to find an adventurous retreat spot for the weekend. You’ll witness the unspoiled beauty of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, wildlife, and even mine ruins.

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Yoga

Kids and yoga make a perfect pair. Children love to move their bodies, they enjoy imitating animals and they have lots and lots of energy just waiting to be channeled into something productive. Not only does the practice build mental and physical strength but it also teaches kids about their bodies, balance and the importance of taking care of themselves.

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Aerobics

This high-energy activity can burn anywhere from 360 (moderate) to 550 (vigorous) calories, and you’ll have a blast. If you don’t want to be stuck in a room doing cardio, other kinds of aerobic activities the kids will love include skateboarding, dancing, soccer, jumping rope, and gymnastics. 

Family-Friendly Tips for Living an Active Lifestyle