Healthy Tip # 104

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Welcome to the category of my blog simply called ‘Healthy Tips.’ Many times, when I write articles for various publications, I need to find sources for the story as seen in Yahoo Shine (click here) or PBS (click here) about staying healthy. I was looking for experts and non-experts to chime in and give their favorite ‘tips’ to help kids and adults lead a healthy lifestyle.

The feedback for various stories was amazing. The sources had some fantastic points of view that could not be ignored, and I thought their opinions should be viewed on the Your Health Journal web site.

So, enjoy my new series, with some ‘great’ insight from some ‘great’ people giving exceptional and educational points of view.

Healthy Tip From Cara Sayer

Importance of families exercising together

“Not only is exercise crucial for healthy living, exercising as a family creates an experience of togetherness and bonding that will last a lifetime. It’s a way to enjoy time together while improving wellbeing.”

Suggestions/creative ideas to get families to exercise together

“Sometimes it is difficult to get the whole family out together, especially when there are babies and toddlers in the picture. One great way for families to engage with each other on a daily basis while getting exercise is by going on group walks and/or jogs. Have mom or dad push little ones in strollers while the older kids ride bikes or roller blade alongside. Family can bond together and get in their 30 minutes of exercise!”

Reasons why families are not exercising together as much in our modern day era

“There are so many distractions in the modern world that keep parents and children from exercising…period. Examine what the day looks like in your family’s household. How much TV, phone, internet time is each member taking for themselves? Add that to homework, extracurricular activities and chores, and that leaves little time for exercise or bonding with the family. Families have not only distanced themselves from exercise, they have distanced themselves from each other as well.”

– Cara Sayer is a parenting expert and founder of the SnoozeShade blackout blinds for strollers.