Make Family Time Active Time!

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It’s easy after a long day of work, school, and extracurricular activities to just lay on the couch and put on your family’s favorite TV show. Physical activity is an important part of good health, and it’s a great way to connect with your family, especially after spending the day apart. Instead of defaulting to TV in the evening, try a physical activity that the whole family can do together.

Ask your family what activities they like to participate in and try them together. For example, if your child enjoys playing soccer at the park, try soccer together one day. If you prefer a slower yoga practice, you can do yoga together another day. Here are some other ways you and your family can be active together:

  • Teach your child a game you played when you were their age
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Picnic at a park and play
  • Put on your favorite music and dance

Incorporating physical activity into your busy day can be challenging. It’s okay if you don’t immediately start exercising everyday–take small steps so you can make lasting lifestyle changes! Remember to always talk to your family and continue the conversation about the benefits of physical activity and how you can be active together. For more tips on how to be an active family, visit

What activity will you and your family try to get started?

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