The weather is warming up…
The weather has turned; it is beckoning us to come outside. We all know we should be more active, so let’s use the weather as an excuse to get outside and get moving. No matter your age, we should all be moving at least 30 minutes per day. This time you spent being active does not have to be a chore. It can be used to play, explore or connect with the people you care about.
Why should you unplug and get outside?
The great thing about physical activity is that it can be spontaneous, you do not have to plan it out. If the weather is nice, take advantage of it. Go to the back yard or the local park and start up a game with your kids. I know that my daughter loves playing “the floor is lava.” We run around and she yells that the mulch, grass, rocks or whatever else is lava, and I am prompted to jump off the ground to safety. She gets to tell me what to do, and we all run around the yard. If you are moving, and your heart rate is above your normal resting rate, it counts as activity.
Because it’s fun to explore
You can use this activity time as an excuse to explore. This exploration can be in your neighborhood, a state park or a new route that you have not taken before. Exploration can also be good for your brain. Recent studies have shown that your brain releases chemicals that lead to the growth of new brain cells when you are physically active and exploring new places.
Because we all love the time to connect
Physical activity time is a great way to connect with someone else, including your kids, family and friends. You can play the exciting lava game with your kids; explore somewhere new with someone you care about or simply go for a walk and call someone. Being physically active is a lot more enjoyable when it does not feel like exercise or something that you must do, but rather something that you want to do. It can also give you a chance to catch up with loved ones or friends that you haven’t talked to or seen in a while.
Recommendations for activity by age
Here is a chart that shows the recommended activity you should participate in weekly. If you look at this chart and don’t currently meet those minutes of activity, start incorporating more activity into your day!
Active play during the day
Don’t forget your sunscreen!
As the weather warms up, the need for sunscreen becomes greater. Sunscreen is important for all ages. Make sure you apply sunscreen daily and encourage those around you to apply as well, especially when you are outside in the sun.
Read about sun safety tips and why using sunscreen is not just a recommendation, but a must!
Fun activities for the family outdoors
My personal top five favorite outdoor exercises to do with my family are:
Playing games (tag, lava, hopscotch, soccer)
These are my top five, but they are just a handful of my favorite activities to do outside with my family. Be creative and come up with original games for your family outside that your kids can teach their friends to play, as well. As long as you are moving and having fun, it is a good game!
Plan to take advantage of the great weather and get outside and play. Explore a local park or drive out to a state park and go hiking with someone you love.