Get together and get moving for National Family Health and Fitness Day this Saturday, June 13!
Family Health and Fitness Day was created by the National Recreation and Park Association to encourage physical activity while also highlighting the important part parks and recreational areas play in keeping a community healthy!
Why it’s important
Many of us are feeling cooped up and unenergized these days. After being out of our routine for so long, it can difficult to work physical activity back in the mix. Even before the pandemic, children in the U.S. were averaging a whopping seven and a half hours of screen-time daily. Family Health and Fitness Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your family’s food and exercise habits and set new goals to reboot your health journey!
According to the CDC, approximately 13.7 million children and 93.3 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obesity. While an additional 36.3 percent of Americans 18 years and older are classified as overweight. Obesity brings the risk of developing serious health issues such as; heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones, stroke, osteoarthritis, asthma, and much more. Taking steps to make physical activity enjoyable is a great way to get your body into a healthy routine while having fun doing it.
By creating an outdoor environment where physical activity is a fun thing, children can form positive life-long mentalities. Putting down the screens and getting off the couch can instantly lift your mood and bring families together in a fresh, new way. Sometimes, the simplest quality time spent together can leave children with the best memories.
With the recent closures due to COVID-19, we were able to see just how important public play areas are to our communities.
Whether you participate in FHFD in the comfort of your own yard or utilize the newly re-opened public parks, here’s how you can join in on the fun:
- Have a flag football game
- Make an obstacle course
- Go on a scavenger hunt
- Play tag
- Have a relay race
- Play kickball or softball
- Hold a trash clean up
- Go on a bike ride
- Take a hike
- Search for “treasure”
- Hula hoop
- Jump rope
The possibilities are endless so get creative with it!
We encourage anyone who spends Family Health and Fitness Day in public to practice social distancing from other families and take the proper safety precautions. And if you get a few bumps and bruises along the way, we’ve got your back! Our facility is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and we pride ourselves on the concierge-level care we provide Tucson.
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