Active Family Health: 60min a Day


Active Bike
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More than 80 percent of children in the U.S. do not get the recommended amount of physical activity for good health— 60 minutes a day, six days a week. It is important for children and families to make good use of extra free time during the summer by increasing the frequency and duration of physical activity and limiting screen time.



At the Y, we support the health and well-being of people of all ages and backgrounds with programs and services that help them develop healthy lifestyles. Speak with your YMCA staff about how the Y can help you and your family stay physically active all summer long. Also,consider other ways you can get up and get moving together. Here are a few ideas:


Have a Ball:

Tossing a football or hitting the tennis courts is a great way to engage kids in physical activity while squeezing in some family time. Or try going out to the backyard or a park with your kids and keeping a beach ball up in the air for as long as possible. Even throwing a baseball back and forth will send you jogging tore cover the ball from time to time.


Add Some Wheels:

Most activities that incorporate the use of wheels—like riding scooters or skateboarding—offer a mix of vigorous activity and periods of rest. Get your helmets on and take a bike ride as a family. Plot your course so you have to tackle small hills or ride into the wind part of the way.


Walk, Jog or Run:

Find a community event such as a fundraising walk or fun run that the entire family can enjoy. Setting a family goal tied tosuch an event can provide the motivation you need to stayactive. Also, July is Parks and Recreation Month, so it is a perfect time to visit a nearby park and take advantage of walking or biking trails.


For more tips from the Y about keeping your family active during the summer, visit


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Authored by: YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas