Debra K. Whaley, M.D.
Many parents struggle with how to fit exercise into their family’s daily routine. By the time you get home from a busy day, feed the kids, and do a few chores around the house, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. One of the problems is that we think of exercise as running laps at the track, lifting weights or other rigorous, heart-pounding workouts. Not only do parents have to think of themselves, but according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should get at least one hour of physical activity every day.
Boys Town Pediatrics recommends making exercise fun for the whole family. By doing activities together, parents and children will benefit from the physical exercise and as a bonus, get to spend quality time doing fun activities together.
The best advice to help kids and families exercise is to make it fun! Think of what your family likes to do together, and make up your own exercise routine. A family that exercises together, stays fit together!