The President has officially declared May National Physical Fitness month. Today in America, one-third of all children and two-thirds of all adults are overweight or obese. It's a serious problem, but taking steps to get healthier is actually lots of fun. You don't have to overhaul your daily family routine to fit in a little more fitness. Here are some simple ways to get moving this May:
- Walk the dog. Fido needs his exercise too, so why not round up the whole family for a brisk trot around the block.
- Pull weeds. Yard work can be very constructive exercise. Make a game of pulling weeds, raking up debris, and riding in the wheelbarrow.
- Play hopscotch. Get out the sidewalk chalk and invite the neighbor kids over for an afternoon of hopscotch.
- Have a hula hoop contest. If you have a few hula hoops collecting dust in your garage, great! If not, a 30-minute dance party works just as well for showing off those moves.
- Jump rope. Take it from Rocky Balboa, this is one effective way to get in shape. Boys love the challenge of jumping rope and girls love the sing-song schoolyard chants.
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Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools