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Julie Wilson, MD, pediatric sports medicine physician in the Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Colorado, offers up these ideas to help busy families be more physically active.
Exercise truly is the best medicine for so many things – it helps improve sleep, stress, mood, and concentration, and is a part of how we treat and prevent many medical problems. We often think that in order to gain benefits from exercise, we have to do a long or intense workout, but research has shown that even short bouts of exercise/physical activity are beneficial, so find small windows of time to add activity into your day.
Fit physical activity in to your daily routine
Physical activity doesn’t always have to be high intensity – we can give ourselves a lot of health benefits by walking briskly and taking the stairs. The more you get kids to move, the more likely you are to create a habit and be active regularly.
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Make exercise a focus of family time
Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, think about how you can incorporate regular physical activity into your daily life as a family.
Set achievable goals
It’s important to set yourself up for success when you incorporate a new habit or lifestyle change. Create short-term and long-term goals that are easily defined and realistic.
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