What inspires and motivates you to be active? Is it a cause (ie. a cure for breast cancer), a view, a new outfit one size smaller, a triathlon training group, running group, warm weather, achieving a personal best, promoting a healthy family environment?
We all have things that inspire and motivate us to be active. We’d love to hear from you and find out what makes you motivated to be active. Post your comments and pictures here on our blog, on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GeoPalz, Tweet it to us, @geopalz or find us on instagram (geopalz) and use the #beactive. You have until 11:59 pm on Friday April 25th to let us know what motivates and inspires you to be active. On Monday April 28th we’ll randomly choose a winner for a family pack of ibitz Wireless Pedometers (up to 6 devices).
Some of the things that motivate us here at GeoPalz are the views in our town (as pictured above), promoting healthy family environments and the desire to eat cake once in a while. One GeoPalz employee said, “my husband as we love going to the gym together (or taking extra long walks). My dogs have so much energy it gives me motivation to take them for long runs. My son who wants to go get ice cream or cheesecake so hitting the gym first makes me feel less guilty about the calories. And of course, when my jeans feel just a bit too tight, I know its time to park a little further and work just a little bit longer in the gym.” Statistics show that having a goal increases the likelihood and intensity of your workouts. Creating both short and long term goals can help motivate you to be active. Not having a goal for your workouts or activity is like going to the grocery store without a list (which I am often guilty of). There are lots of great resources out there to help you achieve goals and motivate you to stay active. Runner’s World Magazine online has lots of great tips, not just for running. A great online resource for keeping families and kids active and motivated is the Let’s Move Active Families page.
Here are a few activities and steps from that page that you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle:
- Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, and jump ropes.
- Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.
- Limit TV time and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom.
- Facilitate a safe walk to and from school a few times a week.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Walk around the block after a meal.
- Make a new house rule: no sitting still during television commercials.
- Find time to spend together doing a fun activity: family park day, swim day or bike day.
- Issue a family challenge to see who can be the first to achieve a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by committing to physical activity five days a week, for six weeks. Adults and children can both receive the award!
- Talk to your children’s principal or write a letter to your district superintendent to incorporate more physical education in schools.
- Encourage schools to hold recess prior to lunch to increase physical activity before mealtime.
- Volunteer to help with afterschool physical activity programs or sports teams.
- Be sure that children get the sleep they need. Most children under age five need to sleep for 11 hours or more per day, children age five to 10 need 10 hours of sleep or more per day, and children over age 10 need at least nine hours per day.
- Learn how engaging in outside activities can be fun and affordable for families through Let’s Move Outside, which promotes a range of healthy outdoor activities for children and families across the country.