According to the CDC, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. In addition, approximately 17 percent of children ages two to 19 years old are obese. This continues to be a major issue in America.
Obesity can contribute to numerous health problems, including (but not limited to):
- Heart disease
One of the best ways to combat extra pounds is to become active as a family. Achieving your weight loss goal is always easier when you have a strong support system. Let's explore a few ways you can be active with your family this summer!
Hiking is an outdoor activity that can be undertaken by people of all ages and can be done for little to no cost. Special equipment is not often needed. Go to a local park (many are completely free) and look at the hiking trail sign. Pick a trail to follow and start your hike. Enjoy the nature you see and hear along the way. Remember to bring water, sunscreen and a snack.
Families often enjoy going for a bike ride together. Either through the neighborhood or on a biking path, it provides a fun way to exercise while enjoying the surroundings. Before you leave for a bicycle ride, be sure your bicycle is in good shape and you are wearing a helmet that fits properly.
Gardening provides two main benefits. All of the digging and planting are a great form of exercise. Many people do not associate gardening with exercise, but you can work up a sweat preparing to plant or pulling out weeds. In addition, you can grow healthy food for your family to enjoy. Have a picky eater? They may be more likely to try something they have helped grow in their own yard!
Swimming is a fantastic way to exercise during the hot summer months because you can cool off while you are working out. Going underwater to retrieve diving toys and playing swimming games, like Marco Polo, won't feel like exercise. They will just seem fun. However, your family will be engaging in physical activity whether they realize it or not.
Take advantage of the nice weather this summer to introduce your family to fun outdoor activities that provide the added benefit of exercise. Prevent your family from becoming part of the obesity statistics by creating habits that will result in them enjoying physical activity for life.
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