Did you know that the average eight to 18 year old spends up to 7.5 hours every day in front of a screen, whether it is a computer, TV, cell phone or video game?
Think about how much physical activity you and your family get on a daily basis. Are you getting enough? It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, 30 minutes for adults.
If not, is there screen time that could be sacrificed for a little bit of outdoor play? Being physically active is absolutely necessary in your daily routine in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Maybe we can swap some screen time for a walk?
Simple ways to increase your family's daily physical activity:
- Walk the dog
- Wash the car
- Go for a bike ride
- Join a recreational sport
- Have your kids take part in school sports
- Go swimming
- Take a hike (If only we lived in an area rich in outdoor activity and beautiful scenery…)
- Tend the garden
- Have a living room yoga session
- Have a living room dance party
Take advantage of the beautiful backyard of Idaho. Find something you enjoy and make it a habit, or switch it up every day. The most important part of being active is having fun and being together! Find more on the importance of physical activity at Choose My Plate.
Until Next Week,
“I have two toddlers and getting outside in bad weather was difficult. Every morning after breakfast we would start the day with a living room dance party. We would dance for well over 30 minutes. It was a great way to get moving!” —Idaho mom