Healthy Tip # 91

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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 Jessica Fisher

The importance of families exercising together

I think it’s important for all of us to exercise regularly, but I’m not convinced we have to do this together. I’ve got six kids, involved in roller hockey and swim lessons. The kids are exercising. My husband and I use work out machines/DVDs. Together we go hiking/walking as a family.

I think that supporting each other’s exercising efforts (encouragement, financial support, going to hockey games) is more important than actually performing the exercise together.

Suggestions / creative ideas to get families to exercise together

Hiking, biking, and walking allow for social interaction as a family as well as exercise. It’s a double-duty activity.

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

Did families exercise together in the past?! My grandparents worked their farm. That was their exercise. The kids worked, too. I don’t know that “exercise” is more than a modern invention in the first place.

– Jessica Fisher, aka FishMama, On the Road to Joyful Motherhood at LifeasMOM