Physical Activity

Move More! Be an active family!

Physical Activity is important for children and adults of all ages.  Being active as a family can benefit everyone.  Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. 

Set specific activity times

Determine time slots throughout the week when the whole family is available. Devote a few of these times to physical activity.  Try doing something active after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.

Use what is available

Plan activities that require little or no equipment or facilities.  Examples include walking, jogging, jumping rope, playing tag, and dancing.  Find out what programs your community recreation center offers for free or minimal charge.

Treat the family with fun physical activity

When it is time to celebrate as a family, do something active as a reward.  Plan a trip to the zoo, park, or lake to treat the family.

Featured Activity 

Walking by the Bay

There are many ways to be active, and walking is one of the easiest to do as a family.  Walking in a natural setting provides other health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and relieving stress.  There are many trails along the San Francisco Bay, some of which also allow for bike riding and roller blading. There are access points to the shoreline all around the bay, and many areas where trails connect cities via the shoreline. For example, the Hayward-San Lorenzo portion of the Bay Trail.

 

 

Watch these videos and download these booklets and

bring physical activity into your home. 

Materials are produced by the Network for a Healthy California.