Now that the weather is gradually warming and spring rumoured to be coming, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Activity Therapist with our KidFit Health and Wellness Clinic, Lisa Metzger, has put together some suggestions for accessible activities for families to get active—together.
Hit the Trails
Mississauga is blessed with many parks and ravines, like Erindale Park, that have excellent trails for jogging, hiking, and biking. If running and hiking sound too advanced, then consider taking the family for a stroll through the trails. The City of Mississauga has compiled a helpful map of safe hiking and biking areas.
Early spring also means rain. But that doesn’t mean your family has to huddle around the TV. Consider dropping into a Mississauga Community Centre to take part in all manner of activities—from structured fitness classes to swimming. Many programs can be accessed for as little as $10.
Getting active with your family means changing your thinking. It’s the doing that counts. So next time you’re stuck in the house with a surprise spring snowfall, maybe reach for the Twister board game and get everyone involved. The benefits will pile up—bonding with your kids, lots of laughter and fun, and a quick burst of activity for your body. Now that’s healthy for the whole person—for the whole family.
No Membership Required
Gym memberships can be pricey. And sometimes busy schedules get in the way of gym visits. So consider Mississauga’s local parks as your gym—without the membership and close to home. While your kids are playing, you can get some body-weight exercises in.
Monkey bars are perfect for pull-ups. A park bench can be used for step-ups, push-ups, and even tricep-dips. For exercise ideas and techniques, check out this helpful website on playground workouts. If it seems overwhelming, then just try one, and then add more later.
Screen Your Time
Forty per cent of Ontario’s boys and 30 per cent of girls are overweight. Too much screen time is a contributing factor. But now you can turn screen time into active time.
Use a steps-tracker on your smartphone to be more conscious of physical activity and incorporate walking into daily life. Walk with your family. Maybe challenge a friend to meet a weekly steps target with you. Add some jumping jacks every five minutes or so to get your heart rate up.
If you can’t find a phone app, you can always borrow a pedometer from one of Mississauga’s 18 public libraries.
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