Family Fitness: The Benefits of Exercising Together

The Benefits of Exercising Together

Exercise is important for the health and well-being of adults and children alike. Some health professionals believe exercising together as a family may just be the solution to rising obesity rates and increasing family instability. One such professional is Sylvia Rimm, a psychologist and director of the Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland. She states, “Exercise not only improves health, but increases self-confidence and reduces anxiety in children.” Participating in physical activity as a family also strengthens family bonds and improves the overall mood of both the parents and the children. The benefits even go as far as a better night’s sleep and improved performance at work and school.

Activities to Get the Whole Family Moving

  • Planting flowers or starting a vegetable garden in your yard
  • Exploring local parks or walking trails
  • Throwing around a ball or Frisbee
  • Kicking around a soccer ball and taking turns being goalie
  • Taking an evening walk while everyone talks about their days
  • Taking a family bike ride
  • Going to a rollerblading or ice skating rink

Visit the American Cancer Society for more information on keeping your family active and healthy!

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