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Letter to the editor: Enjoy fitness activities as a family

To the editor,

Do you find that your family spends more time together watching television than being physically active? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents nationwide. With summer approaching, it's the perfect time to take your family outdoors and embrace a healthy living lifestyle.

Get ready to head outdoors and bond with your family with these fun fitness activities.

Group running: Running as a group can be both challenging and fun. Jog through the neighborhood or around a local lake. Enjoy the weather and nature on your friendly stroll.

Roller skating: Strap on the safety gear and head outdoors to get your skate on. According to the Roller Skating Association International, studies have shown that roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and it is recognized and recommended by the American Heart Association as an aerobic fitness sport. Roller skating is a fun way to get your entire family involved.

Walk with a purpose: Is your family passionate about a specific cause? Sign up for a summer family fun 5k run/walk that you all can enjoy. Preparing to participate in a 5k will give you time to bond as you get ready for the event. Create a music playlist as a family and train throughout the week by taking walks after dinner. Encourage each other by creating incentives throughout your training until you get to the big day.

Take a ride: Start your day with a family bike ride. Biking not only improves your health (it's good cardiovascular exercise), but it can also help the environment because you're not burning fossil fuels. Choose a destination and enjoy the scenery and the sun along the way.

Have a splash: There's nothing like getting in the pool to cool off in the summer heat. Swimming is a low-impact aerobic exercise that offers great health benefits for everyone, no matter the fitness level. Going for a swim is a fun way to keep your family fit and a relaxing way to exercise while beating the heat.

Being physically active will help you become happier, healthier and closer as a family!

Thanks for being active with your family and friends!

Joe McCarthy,

Meadowview Physical Education Teacher