Healthy Tip # 73

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Welcome to a new 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. Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo Shine (click here) and PBS (click here) about keeping kids healthy. I was looking for experts and parents to chime in and give their favorite ‘tips’ to help kids (and their families) lead a healthy lifestyle.

The feedback for the story 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 Carol Aubin

The importance of families exercising together:

Simply put, families that play together, stay together. Exercise not only builds coordination, but it also builds confidence, family bonding, and lasting memories. It keeps the family a cohesive unit, while exploring a hobby together. It also sets a great example for the children- parents are focused on living a healthy lifestyle that incorporates the whole family. Too often, I feel, parents can “check out” and become too busy with work, outside commitments and work around the house such as cleaning, laundry, bills, etc. Setting aside a time on the weekend or during the week, sets the precedence that your family time together is priority.

Suggestions / creative ideas to get families to exercise together:

We live in Santa Fe, NM and are lucky to have beautiful weather year round. As a family we snow ski almost every weekend in the winter, play tennis several days a week in the summer, swim laps together year round, play soccer in the spring and fall, toss the football around during college game days, and cheer each other on during our races (children and adult triathlons, my husband’s trail marathon and trail half marathons and my road half marathons). I think my favorite time together is running alongside the kids while they ride their bikes. It is a great way to exercise and still be able to connect with the kids. We also enjoy renting
a ball machine instead of a tradition tennis match. My son loves to put on his baseball mitt and catch the balls we hit over the net. Two sports in one!

Carol Aubin,, mother of an 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter and avid runner.