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​Tips to Get Moving

These are our best tips and secrets for getting our families to move more. You can get moving almost anywhere: at home, work, school, and in your neighborhood. And remember that you don’t need to get all your activity at one time – 10 minutes at a time is fine!
  • ​Get Moving at Home
  • Get Moving at Work
  • Get Moving at School
  • Get Moving in Your Neighborhood 

Get Moving at Home        

Lead by example-playing with your kids will encourage them to be more active too.
  • Get moving while watching TV. Do jumping jacks or run in place. Or, challenge your kids to a sit-ups contest during commercial breaks.
  • Take family walks in the evening after dinner.
  • Start the day by dancing to your favorite music.
  • Power up in just 10 minutes. Do these quick and easy activities with your kids anytime.

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Get Moving at Work

  • Being active helps the mind stay sharp and focused. This can help you get through the work day.
  • Start a walking group with other workers. Having a walking buddy will help you stay motivated and stick to your plan.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Talk to your boss about doing Take Action! This is a free, 10-week, worksite wellness program. It encourages employees to set healthy goals. Employees can work in teams to meet their goals.
  • Do yoga stretches at your desk or in a quiet room. This is good when you’re feeling stressed. It can help you relax and re-focus.

Get Moving at School

Children who are more active do better in school. This means they focus better, perform better on tests, and behave better in the classroom.
  • Team up with other parents. Take turns walking your kids to and from school.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher about taking part in the Kids Fitness Challenge.
  • Find out how you can help your child prepare for any physical fitness tests.
  • Talk to your child’s school about recess breaks. Studies show that students who get regular activity during recess do better in school.

Get Moving in Your Neighborhood 

Being active doesn’t have to be a chore. And it can actually help give you more energy!
  • Find low-cost or free after-school and summer programs. Check with your local school, parks and recreation department, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, or other community groups.
  • Find safe walking paths in your neighborhood. Make a plan to go for a walk at least three days a week.
  • Walk to nearby places in your neighborhood – the grocery store, a farmers’ market, church, or park.
  • Start a community garden with your neighbors. Take turns planting and harvesting with your neighbors.

Want more tips?  Download our Tips to Get Moving.