Posted by: Lynn Beattie – WIC Nutritionist
As we break free from the dreary winter weather, it’s time to get up, get out, and get physical! The warmer spring weather and approaching Boston Marathon make this a perfect time of year to increase our physical activity level. Monday, April 15th, will mark the 117th annual Boston marathon– one of the oldest and well-known marathons in the country. This 26.2 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston requires an amazing amount of hard work and dedication. Help motivate the runners by going to cheer them on with your family and you’ll be inspired to be more active as well!
On the day of the marathon, take your family to a spot along the race’s path and try to walk as much as possible on your commute—you may find you’ll even be motivated to race each other on the way home! You might be surprised what watching the runners does to your intensity level!
Being active as a family helps to improve your health, reinforce healthy habits for your child, and increase the amount of quality time you spend together. Children need about 60 minutes of physical activity a day and adults need about 30 minutes per day five times a week. Parents and kids can work together to help achieve these physical activity goals by taking part in activities such as playing catch, livening up your sidewalks with some chalk, or taking turns pushing each other on the swings at the local park. Now that our days are staying lighter longer, a 15-minute walk after dinner can be a nice way to relax and spend time with your family after a long day. Stuck at work all day? Adults can enjoy a quick walk on their lunch break to refresh and maybe catch up with a fellow co-worker.
Are you already a runner or interested in becoming one? There are several 5K and 10K races in the coming months that you can run or walk in. Check out coolrunning.com to find a full list of races you can participate in in your area and get tips on how to train for a race.
Any physical activity—whether you are preparing for a marathon, completing an indoor obstacle course, or going for a walk with your child—helps to encourage healthy habits and set a good example of hard work, dedication and motivation!