A Family Affair: Smart Moves for Busy Families

FamilyKeeping your family fit and active by promoting physical activity is an incredibly important step towards establishing a healthy lifestyle.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines, children should get 1 hour or more of physical activity every day. In addition, adults should do 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.

Regular physical activity can produce tremendous benefits. It can help reduce pain, restore flexibility and increase strength and cardiovascular endurance. It can also help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, manage glucose levels, and assist with pre-existing health conditions.

The techniques and exercise tools provided by physical therapists can help almost everyone reach their fitness goals and achieve long-term health benefits.

Using their extensive knowledge of mobility, motion and management, they can devise safe exercise programs for people of all ages and abilities – building life-long habits that encourage physical fitness.

Incorporating fitness into an everyday routine may seem daunting for a busy family, but it is simple – and a great way to improve your quality of life.

Try these family fitness tips from Move Forward to help keep your family healthy, happy and physically active.

  • Gather your family for weekend workouts to encourage physical activity. In Georgia, there are a number of fun activities including running, hiking, bicycling or swimming offered through state parks
  • Encourage your children to participate in individualized or group sports at their school
  • Provide positive rewards for your child when he or she engages in physical activities or makes a significant lifestyle change
  • Make exercise and physical activity a priority for the entire family – not just a chore
  • Walking isn’t costly and it’s easy. Get outdoors and explore!
  • Help your child plan physical activities with friends and neighbors
  • Be your child’s “exercise buddy.” Organize daily activities and set goals that you can enjoy together

Regular exercise can help produce long-term benefits, but it is important that all activities are done safely and in a manner that prevents injury while improving physical performance.

Physical therapists in Georgia are available to meet for health and wellness consultations without a referral from a doctor, with some insurance policies covering the cost.

Plan to utilize this resource to establish safe, health preserving techniques that improve the quality of life for you – and your family.

For additional resources on family fitness plans or PT resources from the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia visit www.moveforwardpt.com or www.ptagonline.org.  

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