September is National Childhood Obesity Month

family fitness in Fort CollinsDid you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? 1 out of 3 kids in the United States is obese, and experts say that today’s more sedentary lifestyle is to blame. Kids and adults alike are spending more “screen time” than ever in front of the TV, computer, tablets, video games, and smart phones, so it’s no wonder most kids are not getting enough exercise.

Now’s the time to get motivated and get your family on track for a healthier lifestyle, so read on for some tips on family fitness in Fort Collins.

Make it fun. People of all ages are more likely to do something if it’s fun, so the best way to encourage more physical activity is to find things your kids enjoy doing. Exercise doesn’t have to be running laps or slogging away on the treadmill! Take a daily family walk around your neighborhood and play games like “I spy” or make it a nature walk and collect items like a pretty leaf or unique stone. It’s also a good idea to let kids try lots of activities to find the ones they enjoy most, from team sports like soccer and baseball to individual activities like rock climbing and roller skating.

Lead by example. Have you ever told your kids to do what you say, not what you do? If so, you’ve probably noticed that kids are much more likely to follow your example than your instructions! As a parent, it’s important to show your kids that physical activity is fun. Find something you love to do and make it a regular part of your weekly routine. Roller skating is a great choice because it feels fun and casual, there’s great music and an energetic atmosphere, but it is definitely a workout! While you’re boogying away on the skating rink, you’re also burning calories, increasing stamina, and toning your core and leg muscles.

Keep it positive. The best way to make a lifestyle change work for your family is to focus on the positive. Instead of taking things away (video games, TV time), try to add in more healthy fun. For instance, instead of a trip to the movie theater, bring your family to the skating rink instead. They’ll have just as much fun while also getting active. Bonus: Roller skating at Rollerland is super affordable, with admission costs much lower than movie ticket prices.

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