One of our favorite things to do is encourage physical fitness and sports as a vessel for family bonding and overall well being, and lucky us, the month of May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month!
Designated by the President’s Council in 1983, physical fitness has long been recognized as a way to improve our quality of life and well being, for both adults and children. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, while more than a third of American adults are obese. Daily exercise, at least 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes for children, is one way to combat obesity. Pair it with a healthy diet and we can be well on our way to lowering the statistics and become a healthier country.
Encouraging people to get active is how Runwell reaches the heart of our communities and brings them together to support a common goal–helping those suffering from mental illness and addiction disorders get the help they desperately need. Looking for some ways to get active this month?
Participate in an event with your family
The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is a fantastic way to get outside and active with your kids and family. There are events suitable for everyone in the family, young to old, novice to expert that require involvement, preparation and participation from everyone. Sharing and achieving a healthy goal as a family ignites a bond that can not be attained in front of a television. It’s an opportunity for each family member to challenge themselves, support one another, gain confidence, and truly have fun as a family. Consider one of these events for your next family reunion!
Play a community sport
You know come across that old baseball glove in your garage from time to time and can’t help but reminisce. Well, this is the perfect time to dust off that equipment, and those bones of yours, and register to play a sport within your community. It’s fun, and can rejuvenate your sense of camaraderie with your community. Check out your local rec center or city sports complex for information on city-run athletic leagues and get out there. And try to recruit a friend or family member to join you, the more the merrier!
Run with mom
Most of us should call our mother more, right? One of the most valuable gifts to a mother is time with her kids, so commit to training for an event together. Not a runner? Not a problem. Just about every race has a walking group you can register for, so no excuses! It’s a great way to get outside and share invaluable and memorable conversations with your mom that you probably wouldn’t have over the phone. There are so many options, from traveling to exotic places or staying local, start by checking out some of Runwell’s partner events.
Get your four-legged best friends involved
Don’t forget about your dog! It’s important for dogs to get exercise and be challenged to ensure their quality of life and be your family’s best pal. If possible, assign able family members days of the week they are responsible for exercising the dog, playing fetch, running, walking or biking with the furry family member for at least 45 minutes a day. Add in a few after-dinner walks as a family every week
Become an advocate
You can get others involved in fitness by becoming a Runwell Ambassador or Mover & Shaker. Individuals in these roles play a precious role in our mission. They cultivate our message, encouraging a healthy lifestyle by engaging others to build awareness, knowledge and understanding to life the stigmas surrounding mental illness and addiction.
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month isn’t just about being active this month - it’s about learning how to adopt a healthy lifestyle by incorporating physical activity on a regular basis. As parents, remember that what you permit, you promote, so if you are living a sedentary lifestyle, your kids will take note!
What are some ways you’re encouraging physical fitness this month? Let us know in the comments below!