Instilling an active lifestyle with our kids will help them become active adults. Stats Canada just released a study that active parents are found to have more active kids than those parents that are not active role models for their children. I like being the role model for my girls and getting outside on a daily basis (even if it is only to harvest the raspberries from our garden on a yucky rainy day). I also enjoy getting in touch with nature and the outdoors to unplug so I am easily motivated to go for a walk to a nearby playground or park.
Here are just a few ideas of some of the many ways we can be more active role models in our daily lives;
- go for walks in the evening (before or after dinner, and sometimes to a local park)
- take a bike to work or walk instead of taking the subway or bus a few blocks
- head to the beach
- set up a sprinkler or water balloon fight in the backyard
- organize a friendly neighbourhood sports game (football, soccer, soft ball, shinny, tag, you name it!)
How do you like playing and staying active with your kids in the summer?