With the beautiful weather quickly approaching, it’s time to think about getting outside in the fresh air! I know my kids are ready to head to the woods for some camping trips and fishing adventures!
One of the things that we have noticed lately is how out of shape our kids are from not being as active in the Winter months and less sports. They are happy to hang around inside, read a book or play on a device…but we want them to get outside more!!
They say that they want to be able to spend time fishing, hiking, roasting smores over the campfire and more! This got me to thinking about what are some things that you can do as a family to get ready for all the spring things that will be popping up soon (like the flowers)?!
Get out for a family walk a few times per week
Start a routine where the kids have an exercise program 3 times per week that is fit for THEM:
Spend some time each evening in the back yard or head to the park
Plan your workouts, set your alarm and stick to them
Workout with a friend or your kids for better accountability
Consistency is key and keeping up with your program will help ensure success!
Start small and then increase- start with 3 times per week of a workout and keep with that for a couple weeks before you change it
You don’t need any major equipment to be strong in your workouts
Make sure you hydrate- water, water, water
Think about sleep- your body will not be able to recover from your change in activity level without a good night’s sleep
Plan out your trips giving your family time to prep!
Write down your packing list for the woods or even hiking days
Bring some easy and simple games
Pull out your tent and sleeping bags checking to make sure they are ready for the season
"mine have probably been in the attic for too long!)"
Plan your food- pack your lunch or meals if you are staying overnight in the woods
Make sure that your cell phone is charged in case of an emergency, but when you are in the woods one of the best things to do is unplug and disconnect
Make sure you have the right gear for your activities
If you start an exercise program and you are having a lot of muscle soreness, if things are not working out the way that you thought they would…give us a call to help! As physical therapists, we are movement experts and love to help our patients with being more active and getting back to regular exercise.
We are happy to spend some time with you to be able to figure out what is going on with your body, why things are not working and HOW we can help to get you to where you want to be. If you want to be able to camp, hike, fish or even more this Spring, do not let your body hold you back!
Today is the day to make a change in your health and become more active so that you can enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. Call us at 410-721-6333