Fall is a great time for families to map out and plan time for activities to ensure they are added to the daily routine. Here are some ideas for outdoor family fun and exercise.
- Family community or nature walks - 20-30 minutes will provide the daily recommended 20-30 minutes of moderate physical aerobic activity.
- Biking -- is a great low impact aerobic exercise the entire family will love.
- Hiking -- If your neighborhood has walking or hiking trails this is a great activity.
- Gardening -- is a fun way to teach the importance of daily care/maintenance and learn about healthy eating. In addition, the family can get satisfaction in eating the harvest.
Benefits of physical activity:
The benefits of exercise extend far beyond weight management. Research shows that regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life. Regular physical activity can help protect you from many health problems.
It’s important for kids of all ages to get enough exercise to help prevent childhood obesity. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that school-aged kids and teens get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. But how do you make it happen?
Spending more time together and indulging in leisure activities strengthens the family bond. This holds true to all type of activities. They don’t always need to be such that require a bigger sum of money. Even home-based, low-cost activities such as playing a board game, gardening or playing outdoors have a big impact on the ‘health’ of the family.
The weather is great for outdoor activities. Get the family together or get families from your neighborhood and enjoy the great outdoors.
You can also plan a few fall family outings that everyone will enjoy. Here are 5 ideas:
- Sit around a campfire
- Collect some leaves
- Drink some apple cider
- Visit an apple orchard
- Visit a farm
Use this special fall season to make new lasting memories with your family.