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Back to School but Staying Active: Tips for Parents

September 12, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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September is a busy time for parents.

Time becomes precious in the midst of getting children off to school and to extra-curricular activities, helping with homework, and tending to workplace and household responsibilities. Unfortunately, the first thing we often put off is our own workout!

But, the message is simple: the benefits of physical activity are numerous and can occur at relatively low volumes and in small bouts.Therefore, even in a busy agenda, there's time for staying active.

These tips will guide you through a fit and healthy September.

  • Walk. It's simple and can be done anywhere.
  • Take the stairs…try power walking them, then going two steps at a time…
  • Active commute whenever possible.
  • Treat your lunch hour as your golden hour (visit a trail or park).
  • Get active during your child’s afterschool programming. Walk/jog/run around the field as you watch his or her soccer practice.
  • Note time spent web browsing and watching television and reduce that time a little each day (substitute screen time with backyard play with the kids).
  • Exercise first thing in the morning so you won't put it off when you get busy.
  • Try adding multiple 10 minute bouts of activity throughout the day. Accumulating multiple bouts is equivalent to a longer session!

The qualified professionals at the Physical Activity Line understand the challenges of a busy schedule and have FREE tools and advice to help you stay active; reach us at 1-877-725-1149. Remember, if your children see you being active you'll be setting a great example for the entire family!

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