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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 29, 2014
Category: Fitness

Exercises for Your Family to TryDo you have children and like to have fun? Why not make being active part of the fun? There are so many benefits of exercise for adults and children alike. It builds muscles and bones, helps keep weight at a healthy level, decreases the risk of developing diabetes, and keeps blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a healthy place. Those are just a few!

Obesity in children and adults continues to be an ever-increasing problem and being sedentary is half the battle. A school-aged child needs at least an hour of daily activity. Healthy adults should get in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity each week and strength training at least twice a week.

How can my family have fun and be active?

One great idea is to have a weekly dance party! Whether it is just your family or a group of all the neighborhood kids, have one night a week designated to dancing! It can be a disco night, line dancing party or mix of their favorite tunes. Find a space clear enough for everyone to move, invest in a good stereo player and maybe even some fun lights. A 125-pound person can burn around 280 calories in an hour of dancing. Depending on how hard you boogie to the music, you can get a great cardiovascular workout and burn a good amount of calories doing it.

Parties often revolve around food but skip the high calorie and high fat choices for your dance party. Reward yourselves with some yummy low-calorie drinks and snacks. Your house may become the go-to place on Friday nights as you get everyone active while still having fun!

Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA can treat anyone in your family if foot pain is hindering efforts to stay active. Call our podiatric office (724) 225-7410 with any concerns or to request an appointment. You can also visit us by requesting an appointment online.

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