5 Ways to Get Your Family Moving

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Even a quick pre- or post-dinner spin around the block might result in some unexpected findings and a chance to catch up on the day's news. One rule for these shorter ventures - leave the phone at home. It's hard to be active and engaged when you've got your eyes on the smartphone.

5. Explore the Great Outdoors

Wildlife experts and sociologists are concerned that children are quickly losing touch with the natural world. Fight this trend and promote family wellness by planning an outdoor activity that incorporates movement.

Go on an expedition to the local nature center or community park. Purchase a wildlife guide or find an online check-list that is specific to your region, and make a game of walking around on a scavenger hunt for different specimens. Award points whenever someone identifies something new. Not only will you be out and moving around, you'll teach your kids to appreciate the natural world.

Use the seasons to get the family outside and active. Lazy summer afternoons call for trips to the U-pick berry patch and autumn means a trip to the apple orchard for a walk on the trails and the U-pick pumpkin patch.

Getting your family moving is important for your health, but also as a means to foster a sense of togetherness and family bonding. By incorporating active elements into your daily routine or taking a break to simply play and have fun, you'll create lasting memories of family fun and good health.