It’s June! School is wrapping up and the weather is warming up. It’s the kickoff to summer fun, safe gatherings, and time to spend outside together with the people you enjoy most. In the interest of healthy living, we thought we would share some fun ideas to help enjoy the best days of summer.
No matter how old they are, most kids often need a little help when it comes to thinking of things to keep them active over the summertime. This year, they might need even more help in coming up with fun ideas to stay entertained, especially if they will likely be spending parts of the summer remaining socially distant. BBQing, gardening, or even socializing the family pet are just some of the things that can be fun and helpful, while keeping families together and active over the summer.
Looking for an activity that can last you either an hour or an entire day? Hit the local trails on foot! The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recommends families pack a bag of essentials, like liquids, snacks, sunscreen, maybe even a ball to toss around, and lace up some comfortable shoes. Want to speed things up a bit? Strap on some rollerblades (remember those?) or hop on a bike (don’t forget to wear a helmet) and experience the outdoors with a breeze in your face. Great exercise and great fun. Win, win! If you plan to bring the family pet along, make sure it is a trail where pets are allowed. The last thing you want to do is build up anticipation to have to turn around and head home.
Set a physical activity goal for each member of your family. Whether you’re doing five situps or 10 pushups a day, create a chart that holds everyone accountable. To make the competition more interesting, experts recommend that each family member select a reward (consider a non-food reward) ahead of time. This way, the family can then motivate each other while competing to reach individual goals by the end of the month. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right?
At the cornerstone of family time, there is usually a tasty shared meal. Eating together as a family has been shown time and again to offer a variety of health benefits, and preparing it together can intensify the satisfaction. It doesn’t have to be fancy; it doesn’t have to be dinner; and it doesn’t have to be at the dining room table. Whatever shape it takes for your family, the act of sharing a meal together is the priority.
What are some healthy activities you enjoy doing during the summer months? If Momentum Chiropractic can help you in any stage of your health journey, please give us a call today!