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.
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.
Move More 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.
“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
- Length-of-time Goals
Team Healthier Generation
Studies have shown that 71% of American’s are ready to get active but just need a reason to move. We think your own health is a great reason, and you can improve your own health while raising awareness and much needed funds for our cause to end childhood obesity. Our endurance training and fundraising network, Team Healthier Generation, will give you the coaching and support to meet your fitness goals and the resources and assistance to fundraise for a great cause.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health.” www.healthiergeneration.org