It’s that time of year again! The kids are back in school and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. This doesn’t have to mean hibernating inside on the couch! It’s easy to fall into the trap of being more sedentary during the colder months. Perhaps this is why almost 20 percent of children age six to 11 are considered obese, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children and adolescents should be getting in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Don’t worry, even though this may sound like a lot. Making the activities fun by getting the whole family involved will make this time something to look forward to! Here are five activities families can do together to stay active and healthy this fall:
1. Fall Hikes
Let your child plan the hike and even invite a friend!
2. Pumpkin Bowling
Set up ten plastic empty bottles or child bowling pins. Select several small pumpkins about four to six inches in diameter. You may need a few extra in case some split. Measure off several feet and give each child two tries to knock down the pins.
3. Leave Raking
What could be more fun than jumping into a pile of crackly leaves on a cool autumn day? Children love this activity and parents get a workout by raking up the leaves. Child sized rakes can help make the raking a team effort.
4. Treasure Hunt in Your Neighborhood
Gather other parents and kids in your neighborhood that would like to participate. Divide the kids into teams (smaller children with adults) and hand out a list of fun things to find in the neighborhood. Look for things that exist in nature, such as an acorn, different colored flowers, a bird’s nest, or red berries.
5. Apple Picking
Running through the apple trees, jumping high to see who can grab the apple just out of reach, carrying the basket full of fresh, yummy apples back to the car.
Take advantage of these activities and get out there and create some fun with your family while you stay active!
– Guest Blogger Jennifer Stinson is a registered dietitian and wellness coach for the online publisher EverydayHealth.com and its calorie counting tool.