Summer Play

Family members of all ages thrive on unstructured “playtime.” This is especially true for Canadian families, as longer days bring extended outdoor play hours. Here are some ideas to help your family get moving and play together this summer:

Active Training. If you missed out on a community run/walk or charity event in the spring, consider signing up for one. Take the family to a free all-ages event like the Running Room 20 Minute Challenge— it might be the springboard for a more active summer ahead. Continue reading “Summer Play”

Four Ways to Boost Your Family’s Activity Level

by Don Zabloski

When it comes to being active as a family, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. Every family is unique and will make active choices that work for them. Some families may thrive on friendly competition, while others prefer not to keep score. One family may choose to devote themselves to a beloved sport, while another finds that they thrive in a variety of activities. Here are some active suggestions to try on for size with your team.

1. Tackle a new challenge
Trying something completely new can be energizing. It could be learning to cross-country ski on a nature trail or working up the courage to jump off the diving board at the community pool. Brainstorm activities you’ve never tried but always wanted to—how about bowling, archery, mini-golf or trampolining? Spend a weekend afternoon at the local recreation centre as a family, experiencing all that it has to offer for adults and kids alike. Or, head outside to the local park for a walk, run, hike or scavenger hunt. Continue reading “Four Ways to Boost Your Family’s Activity Level”

Taking Stock

by Don Zabloski

The start of a new year naturally leads to reflecting on past accomplishments and setting goals for the year ahead. As a family, it can be a good time to celebrate things that are going well—and possibly press the “reset” button to correct any habits that may have slipped. For example, are all family members making a consistent effort be active and healthy? And, does everyone understand why it’s important to make that commitment?

As with all things, parents need to model positive behaviours and attitudes about healthy and active living. Of course, you have to take care of yourself before you can expect to take care of others. What will you do—or what are you already doing—to renew your physical and mental health? Continue reading “Taking Stock”

Active Talk Time

by Don Zabloski

Now that we’ve settled into the first few months of another school year, this is the perfect time for families to come together for some active family talk/cheer time.

Remember, not every conversation has to be a sit-down one. Walking, running (at a pace where you can talk comfortably), hiking, shooting hoops, kicking a ball or playing catch are all ways that family members can be active and have meaningful discussions at the same time. Covering a variety of age-appropriate personal topics during these active chats will help kids develop socially and emotionally through their childhood, adolescent and young adult years. It’s also an opportunity to talk about why we engage in daily physical play and eat nutritious foods, reinforcing the positive effects on one’s body and mind. Continue reading “Active Talk Time”

Active Research

by Don Zabloski

For families with school-aged children, the start of another school year is a time where parents and caregivers may reflect on the steps they can take to enhance the well-being of their children. All family members are balancing school, work, home and community responsibilities while trying to nurture a healthy and happy family lifestyle. Modelling positive habits and empowering independent healthy choices can help build a natural, genuine ownership of one’s lifelong well-being. Continue reading “Active Research”

Summer Fun

by Don Zabloski

Summer is finally here, bringing unlimited options for outdoor activity “play time” with the family. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some outside-the-box ideas:

Explore.
Be a tourist in your own community by visiting new locations in your neighbourhood or across town. Travel on foot or by public transportation, which requires more walking than taking the family vehicle. Discover public parks, visit a zoo or explore other outdoor attractions. Continue reading “Summer Fun”

Active Celebrations

by Don Zabloski

This time of year brings us two of the most memorable and celebrated family traditions: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Of course, all kids appreciate the genuine love and effort shared by their parents and guardians, who are significant and positive role models in their lives. For parents and caregivers, it’s a time for reflection on the many social, emotional, physical and intellectual supports you have provided in many areas, including leading an active life and making responsible and healthy eating choices. Continue reading “Active Celebrations”

Active Vacation Tips

by Don Zabloski

Family vacations lead to new adventures and traditions that will enhance your family conversations and memories for years to come.

A vacation can also be a time to enhance everyone’s physical literacy skills by planning active adventures or trying new activities and sports. For example, you can walk or hike into a rainforest; swim, snorkel, or scuba dive with marine life; ride a zipline above the treetops; or ski (downhill or cross-country) over new terrain. The experience may help your family members realize how capable they are of handling new challenges. Continue reading “Active Vacation Tips”

6 Ways to be More Active as a Family in the Winter

by Don Zabloski

At this time of year, we should all be celebrating our personal and family-related achievements, while looking forward to another active year. Our physical activity levels are relevant to the success of our daily personal routines and our roles at home, school, work and in the community. Here are some ideas to keep your family moving this winter: Continue reading “6 Ways to be More Active as a Family in the Winter”