Whether we like it or not, children tend to follow the lead of their parents. If you love to eat ice cream in front of the TV after dinner each night, chances are your children will too. If you tend to stay active and eat healthy, your children are more likely to do the same. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your lifestyle. But no matter what your current lifestyle or health habits are like, the good news is that it’s never too late to make positive changes.
As the spring ushers in warmer temperatures and we’re all in a rush to get outside and escape the cabin fever that COVID-19 has brought upon us, embrace your desire to get moving and get healthier. Rather than encourage your children to play in the yard while you sit and sip on your cocktail, instead get moving with your kiddos and find some fun things you can do as a family to get moving, stay active, and improve your overall health.
Go for a Hike
Even if you can’t visit your favorite park, go check out a nearby national park and explore the outdoors. Many national parks are offering free admission for the time being, and they have a number of great hiking trails for families of all sizes and activity levels. Maybe you just need a brisk walk on a flat, paved path, or perhaps you want a more rigorous hike with intense elevation and a beautiful view at the top. If you want to make it even more eventful and fun, consider packing a lunch and having a picnic at the halfway point.
Play a Backyard Kickball Game
Get the kids together and pick teams to play a head-to-head game of kickball. Set out something to use as bases, go over the rules, and have a ton of fun embracing your competitive side. If kickball isn’t your thing, consider a game of baseball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, or soccer. Finish it off with some healthy snacks and plenty of hydration.
Plan a Family Field Day
One of the best days of school each spring is when kids have their school field days. Since that isn’t happening this year, plan one of your own! Create a handful of fun and active games for everyone to play, record your scores and times, and have a ceremony at the end with the winners. You can include both individual events and group events. Check out the National Field Day website by the Online Physical Education Network for more ideas.
Take a Family Bike Ride
If all of your kids are comfortable on a bike, go for some family bike rides this spring. You might just stroll around your neighborhood at a comfortable pace, you might want to visit a local nature trail with a paved path, or you could go mountain biking through a nearby forest if your kids are able. If your kids are younger and unable to bike, consider balance bikes, training wheels, or trailer bikes to pull your younger kids behind your own bike.
As you get more and more active, you’ll experience new levels of health and family bonding, and that is amazing. To push your health to the next level, be sure to integrate chiropractic care into your regular health regimen. Chiropractic care helps your body stay in proper alignment, minimizing pain and stress on the nervous system, while also improving the immune system and helping your body function as well as possible. Contact Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic to learn more about taking care of yourself and your body through neurologically-based chiropractic care.
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