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Family Fun: 4 Ways to Stay Active Together

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How to Get Moving with Your Family

Do you know how much exercise you should be getting?

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. That works out to be just thirty minutes a day, five days a week. So, why not kill two birds with one stone and have some family fun while you’re at it?

Here are four family-friendly physical activities to get all the exercise you need.

1. Get Out the Bikes

Going for a bike ride is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors together. Pick a paved trail in town or map out a loop in your neighborhood. Make it a game by seeing who can spot the most birds or other animals along the way. If you have infants or toddlers, consider investing in an attachment to your bike that your kiddos can ride in.

2. Play at the Park

Local parks are a great place to get out and explore together. They’re also a great place to meet other families in the community. If your kids have outgrown the playground, try playing a sport as a family, like basketball, soccer or kickball.

3. Make a Splash

Swimming is a great way to cool off in the summer and get some exercise at the same time. If you don't have a pool of your own, many communities have public pools that are open to everybody. If your child isn't familiar with water safety, you can also opt for a shallower kiddie pool or splash pad.

4. Take a Hike

Hiking is a great way to exercise together. If you have younger kids, opt for a shorter trail or invest in a child carrier. To make it more interesting, plan a scavenger hunt or buy a field guide to identify local trees, flowers or wildlife. Don’t forget to pack plenty of snacks and water for energy!

Compassionate Health Care for the Whole Family

If you have any questions about how to keep your kids healthy, talk to their primary care provider. To establish care at St. Luke's, call (218) 249-4000 or request an appointment.

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