May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month!

May 26, 2020
father and daughter playing basketball

Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month? Let’s see how we can do that!

How much activity do we need? Little ones between three and five years old need to be active throughout the day. Youth over that age and up to 18 need 60 minutes a day of moderate activity to be healthy. Adults should aim for 2.5 - 5 hours of moderate intensity. That’s not to say you can’t get be more active; just make sure to drink plenty of water.

If you’re just starting out with physical activity, follow the guidance of your primary care doctor. They know what’s best for you.

One of the ways we can get and stay active are by exploring some of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts awesome parks:

https://www.mass.gov/visit-massachusetts-state-parks/locations?_page=1

The Trustees of the Reservation not only has parks, but they have farms and community gardens too. Find one near you:

http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/         

And here are the guidelines to visit parks safely during COVID-19:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/how-to-visit-state-parks-during-covid-19-safely-and-responsibly/download

family going on a hike

family going on a hike

If you’re looking for more ideas about how to stay and be healthy and strong check this out:

https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/be-active/npfsm/index.html

What are some other fun ways to have fun and be active? How about a nature scavenger hunt! Download a copy of the scavenger hunt from ThePragmaticParent.com.

sensory outdoor scavenger hunt

Turn on the music and dance. A family that dances together stays together.

family dancing together

That Spring Cleaning counts as activity too!

family cleaning together

What about cleaning your car too!

family cleaning a car togetether