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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Last week, I mentioned that May is Blood Pressure Awareness month.  But did you know that May is also Physical Fitness and Sports Month?  There are a number of different ways to “celebrate” this, but in case you need some ideas, here is a list of things to do be active with your family:

  • If you want to stay indoors, look up YouTube videos for Zumba, yoga, or dance workouts.
  • Find a field to play soccer, Capture the Flag, Frisbee, or other field games.
  • Have a “screen-free” week by going a week without TV, computers, tablets, video games, cell phones, etc. Discover the fun in going out and enjoying the fresh air while taking a week-long break from electronic devices.
  • On May 9, participate in National Walk and Bike to School Day. Or, do it any day (or better yet, walk or bike to school every day if you can!)  Last year, over 3000 schools participated across the US and this year, there are three Pasco County schools that have signed up so far.  Register your child’s school here to be part of this event, even if it’s just a few of you that will be involved: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/.  Remember to check the date for next year if you want to make it a bigger event next time around.
  • Think of ways to add more minutes of movement into your day. It doesn’t have to be structured exercise.  Take homework breaks to move around, get kids off the couch by asking them to help with cooking, or make walking the dog a family affair.  Remember, kids need sixty minutes a day of physical activity, but only 1 in 3 kids are meeting this recommendation.  And adults need 150 minutes of physical activity per week.  Set the example by moving more with your family and to build healthier habits.

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