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5 ways to get you and your family active

As a parent, finding time to be active can be a real challenge. But it’s important to make physical activity a priority for your family. The Heart Foundation has some simple everyday tips to help you get moving!

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Keeping active with a busy schedule

After cooking, cleaning and helping out with homework, sitting about the lounge can seem pretty tempting. We all know that not only is physical activity good for your heart and your overall health, it will help you sleep better and ultimately feel happier. But here’s how you can easily implement changes into your daily routine and lifestyle without making a fuss!

1. Be the change you want to see

Lead by example and your children will follow. Being active is not only good for you; you will be helping to establish healthy habits for your whole family.

2. No time to get active? Use your travelling time!  

One of the easiest ways to move more is to use the journey you’d be making anyway, like going to work or school, as a chance to get active. Once you start, you’ll find that ‘active travel’ becomes a habit. Plus, you’ll save on petrol!

3. Make it fun 

Coming up with fun activities in your backyard, in your home or on a family day-out can be a great way to get moving while spending quality time together, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Think about going bushwalking or bike riding, throwing a frisbee, kicking the football or starting a dance contest in your lounge room.

4. Limit screen time 

Kids get a lot of grief for spending too much time on devices, but often adults aren’t much better. Think about making a family agreement to limit screen time and use the time to enjoy the outdoors together.

FamiliesWalking_5005. Join a Heart Foundation Walking group

Joining a walking group is a fun, social and easy way to stay active. Plus, it’s free! If you’re worried about who will mind your little ones while you go for a walk, then just bring them with you. The Heart Foundation’s Walking Program has more than 1,300 groups that meet and walk regularly all over Australia, with many of them developed specifically for parents. Visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au to find a walking group near you.

All of these tips will help you keep your activity up through April, without compromising on your busy lifestyle. It’s also a great way to spend quality family time together.

Last updated: November 29, 2016 at: 4:40 pm

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