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Back to School and Back to Work: Ideas on staying active as a family during the busy back to school

September 18, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Back to School and Back to Work: Ideas on staying active as a family during the busy back to school

Winter is Coming! We’ve said goodbye to summer time and now it’s back to school and back to work.

The start of a new school year can be chaotic to say the least. As a parent, it’s all about getting the family organized and back into a routine, which can take up a lot of time and energy. Juggling schedules, getting the kids to school and then yourself to work on time can make it hard for physical activity to be a priority not only for your children but also for yourself.

That’s why we’re here to help! Read on for some creative and inspiring ideas on ways physical activity can fit into your family’s busy routine:

  • Drive for 10 – Drive for 10 is a great method to include in your daily routine. Simply park your car 10 minutes away and instead, walk those 10 minutes with your child, whether it’s dropping them off at school, practice or a play date. This way, you can get active for 10 minutes each way, which is 20 minutes roundtrip!

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  • Active for Life – Active for Life is a Canadian initiative and online resource created to help parents develop physical literacy in their child’s life. The website has a wide variety of activities, such as balloon tennis, that you and your child can do together. Go check it out for more great and fun ideas that the whole family can take part in!
  • Wheeling to school/work – Hop on a bicycle with your kids in the morning and ride to school/daycare together instead of driving. Not only does it make the commute a lot more fun but it provides an opportunity to teach your child about bicycle safety.
  • Outdoor Play – What’s better than getting some fresh air and playing outdoors? Take advantage of what’s outside your doorstep before the winter weather comes knocking. Instead of having dinner at the kitchen table, take it outside and have a family picnic. You could even have a game of tree tag as a pre-dinner activity. If it’s during after school time when you’re picking your child up, why not have an impromptu game of basketball? When it comes to outdoor play the sky’s the limit!
  • School bus – Instead of driving your kids to school, why not try the school bus services in your local community? This will provide more social interaction for your child as they board the magic school bus together with their classmates. Also, this will free up time creating space for you to focus on your own health and well-being. Enjoy a solo bike ride or join an exercise class with your partner or a friend to keep both of you on track!

What are some of the ways you and your family are staying active during this busy month?

Author's Bio: Jillian Mak is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. In the fall season, you will find her spending time in the kitchen cooking and experiencing different recipes. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, playing tennis and volleyball.

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