Top Tips for Staying Active as a Family.

When it comes to staying healthy and active, it’s important that we not only consider ourselves, but our children too. Some obese children have been shown to have as much plaque in their little arteries as a 45 year old adult, which then sets them up for all kinds of horrible illnesses like heart disease and other serious health conditions much earlier than their own parents. If you’re a parent, you should want to help your kids become fit and healthy individuals. Here, we’ve got some great tips for helping you to stay active as a family. Enjoy!

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Plan Outdoor Activities

You should set aside one day every weekend to do something as a family. You could go swimming, hiking, walking, sledding, biking, or if you’re a little adventurous you could try private expeditions…whatever you like! You could even take a picnic full of healthy snacks along with you to enjoy while you take a break. This will give both you and the kids motivation to go on!

Take Some Classes Together

There are probably loads of fitness classes in your area; ask around to see if you can find any yoga, self defence, or aerobics classes that welcome both adults and children.

Redecorate Together

You don’t have to totally redecorate your home, but you can add in a few essentials that will help to keep the family fit. Dumbbells, a yoga mat, a skipping rope, a hula hoop, and even a Wii fit could encourage the children to work out if they are stashed in a place they can see.

Make Housework Fun

By turning housework into a game that you can all play together, everyone will look forward to their chores rather than dread them. Make it a race to clean the house, play music while you do it, and the kids will have lots of fun helping you! If you have a dog, take him a walk as a family. Get everybody to pitch in with the chores to make things more fun, instead of giving everyone their own separate chore.  

Eat Healthier Together

Eating healthier isn’t exactly staying active, but by making sure the family eat the right foods you’ll be able to stay active for longer and feel more energised. If you get the entire family involved in a new healthy lifestyle and eating plan (don’t call it a diet – this implies that it’s a short term solution) you’re all more likely to succeed. Let the kids pick the fruit and veg they want, and allow them to help you cook dinner. This will mean they’re much more likely to enjoy what they’re eating rather than moan about it and ask for pizza and chips.

Obesity is a big problem, but it’s one that can easily be avoided by wanting to change unhealthy habits as a family and become fitter and more active together. There are plenty of things you can do, so follow our advice and have lots of fun while doing it!

 

 

 

 

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My name is Lisa and my husband Carl, and I are the owners of the Night Helper Blog. We have been married for over 30 years and we have three awesome children, plus four adorable very active grandkids. From time to time they too are contributors to the Night Helper Blog. We enjoy reading, listening to music, entertaining, travel, movies and of course blogging. The Night Helper blog was created in 2008. Since then we have been blessed to partner with many well-known Brands like Best Buy, Fisher Price, Toys "R" US., Hasbro, Disney, Teleflora, ClearCorrect, Radio Shack, VTech, KIA Motor, MAZDA and many other great brands.

162 thoughts on “Top Tips for Staying Active as a Family.

  • February 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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    Great tips! Some of these we already do

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  • February 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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    Thank you for the great ideas! We’re actually going to be signing up for a swimming class together this year and maybe a fitness class too!

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  • February 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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    We try to exercise together.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    I try to include my son in everything from housework to redecorating:) He loves to help 🙂 Great Ideas !!!

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  • February 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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    thanks for the tips.i like to move around the house as much as i can.intil winter is up at least 🙂

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  • February 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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    I like the idea of doing housework together…we work together in a room using a timer!

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  • February 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    We love to go to the “beach” at a nearby lake and swim and picnic together.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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    These are great tips. My 17 month old loves helping with housework already 🙂

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  • February 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    Wonderful tips for staying active with your family. We love to go for walks together.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    Always looking for ways to entertain the family during bad weather. We play games together. My daughter and I took a dance & drumming class together and we kept doing it for over 8 years.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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    All of these tips are great. I try to get my family to take walks together – that way everyone can talk about whats going on with themselves while getting exercise as well.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 11:37 am
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    I agree with your tips and would like to add…. for every hour of tv or video games you need to get outside for every 2 hours

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  • February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    great tips we love geocaching and going for short walk/hikes

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  • February 28, 2014 at 1:24 am
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    I love these tips and will definitely have to try the making housework fun tip 🙂

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  • February 28, 2014 at 12:21 am
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    Geocaching is our favorite outdoor activity. Once it gets warm we plan regular outings. It’s amazing how much walking you can do without getting worn out when you are looking for a treasure.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 12:04 am
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    Man, I need to change some things around here! Very Motivational

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  • February 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    these are great ideas we try at least once a month to do something as a family

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  • February 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    It’s hard to do activities with my kids since I started having all sorts of hip problems. One thing I do try to do is take them to a pool once a week. Easy on my hip and they have a great time.

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  • February 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm
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    I’m looking forward to going on bicycle rides as a family.

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  • February 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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    Great tips, I enjoy walking with my family 🙂

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  • February 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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    we walk the dog together a lot and skate in the park

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  • February 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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    Better than sitting around the television set (or on individual devices) together!

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  • February 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    Thanks for the great tips.. I love doing things with my kids

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  • February 27, 2014 at 1:06 am
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    It’s just the two of us now (Honey/Hubby & Me) now -and I can attest to how great your tips are – precisely because we’ve been following a similar path /plan for several years now, and what an enormous difference it has made!

    We takes classes together: yoga, home repair, bicycle repair, meditation and nutrition classes – so far. We take long walks and go on long bicycle rides, skate, dabble at golf. We’ve discovered sharing chores (and at least working in tandom, saves time and emotional wear and tear – and sometimes can even be fun!)

    And at least as important as all those things: we have completely changed our eating habits. We eat healthy and we ENJOY IT. We both love to cook (and to read /learn new things) AND to EAT delicious food! The more you know the easier it is to change your eating habits – which will ultimately lead to a change in what actually tastes good. REALLY. Your taste really will change and you will lose your taste for junky, sugary, overly salty and fatty foods. You lose weight, feel better and it all reinforces the positve choices you are making.

    Here we are two years later – feeling 10 years youngers!

    Thanks for the excellent post and good advice, I hope everyone who reads it follows it!

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  • February 27, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    Great post and a great reminder of how important it is to instill good health habits in our kids.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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    Love the tips! My family always eats healthy together. We usually try to eat healthy for our toddler who follows suit. We always go out together and my toddler loves to walk so i think that helps!

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  • February 26, 2014 at 10:26 am
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    I love evening walks – even when the evening is early (gets dark early), cold and usually wet.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 10:23 am
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    love the selection of storage pieces

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  • February 26, 2014 at 10:23 am
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    great opportunity for a awesome piece of furniture

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  • February 26, 2014 at 6:33 am
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    Head to a water park – good exercise with less chance at injury.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 5:15 am
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    Thanks for the tips. I am sad at how out of shape so many children are. As kids, we did so much more actively and outdoors. That is not the norm, now.

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  • February 25, 2014 at 11:40 pm
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    We go for walks with our dogs in the evenings. Gives us time to relax and talk.

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  • February 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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    love that my family the kids almost everyone hunts and we fish and it gives us time together being active and having fun..we try to be out side more then inside and to always spend time with all the family

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  • February 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm
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    Good tips may use

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  • February 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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    Good ideas, it’s just me as I’m a widow, I always try to stay actice.

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  • February 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    These truly are great ideas. My kids are very young but I know that if I start doing some of these activities now it’ll be easier to keep doing them than to try starting them when they get older.

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  • February 25, 2014 at 9:45 am
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    I wish I could get my family to help with housework lol! Great tips!

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  • February 25, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    Thanks for the article. I know my family needs to get out doors more,

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  • February 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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    Love this!! We work together outside…raking, gardening, shoveling etc

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  • February 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    We do love to plan outdoor trips together, the kids have so much fun and we all get some much needed excessive.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    I love the idea of making cleaning fun because it keeps things organized too. The tips are helpful. Thanks!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    I think it’s wonderful to take the time to do things together as a family, not just do household chores which usually aren’t very fun but do them together. All these tips are great!

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  • February 24, 2014 at 11:20 am
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    Good tips. Keeping it simple also works – just with walks. Can be good together time too.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 5:54 am
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    All great tips. I!ve got to try the “make housework fun” tip.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 3:58 am
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    love all the tips

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  • February 24, 2014 at 2:01 am
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    These are great ideas. I think at least for me, stretching everyday is also very important.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 1:53 am
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    I think the redecorate together is a different idea. While we have the kids help with their own rooms, we are redoing the basement and having them come along for picking out things is a great way to have everyone spend time together.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 12:25 am
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    Great tips! My mom and I are signing up for yoga next week.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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    Great ideas! I like the idea of taking classes together and decorating. I already try to make cleaning fun by turning on some music & having our own “dance parties” 🙂

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  • February 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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    These are all great ideas!! We do so much as a family. I can not clean unless I have the music blaring. Music always makes me in a better mood. When I was a kid, I never wanted to come inside and now it seems like that is all the kids want to do today. I do not let my kids play Playstaion all day long. They have set times that they can play and that is it.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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    I like the idea of redecorating together, letting everyone plan their own room and then working together to get it done. fun times

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  • February 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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    Homework must be fun and not something to dread.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm
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    I think planning outdoor activities as a family is very important. It gets so cold in the winter and we don’t like being outside but it’s important to do some outdoor activities.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm
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    Great family time suggestions

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm
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    I think these are great ideas! To many kids are stagnant these days and do not get enough activity. It is always great to encourage kids to get outside and play or do chores and get moving!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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    Great ideas! My family stays active (and keeps each other accountable) by walking/running at the park daily. If it is too cold, we make sure to get in a workout with a DVD.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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    My four year old LOVES helping me with housework. My older two, not so much.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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    Gives me great ideas what we can do together as a family.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    Very nice we walk all the time

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  • February 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    I don’t have any human children, but my husband and I do enjoy walking our dogs together. It’s good exercize and wehave the best converstaions.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    thanks for the tips!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    Great tips, we are always looking for outdoors family activities for the whole family, we try to keep active!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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    Great ideas!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    I am completely on board with these ideas! It starts with setting the example! 🙂

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  • February 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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    The idea that a child could have as much plaque in their arteries as a 45 yr old is really scary!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    Very good ideas for staying fit and staying together as a family. Wonderful.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    I appreciate the information on the “healthy lifestyle and eating plan.” I have two granddaughters, Jade (16) and Jordan (11). Jade has gained fifty pounds this past year due to prescribed medication that she is on, which is a significant factor in healthy eating. She could use a healthier diet, and again, where children are concerned, their care-givers bear the biggest burden relative to what they do or do not provide for meals and snacks in the home, and what is sent to school. The parents are the role-models for the children in my estimation.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 11:34 am
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    street hockey or hitting the puck against the garage door as a family….door is beat up, but that is ok!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 11:26 am
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    We have some great nature trails locally so family walks are easy and fun to do.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 10:35 am
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    This is such an important issue. Children and adults are moving less. We need to find fun and interesting ways to move and exercise that can compete with the darn technology that holds everyone’s attention.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:48 am
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    I like the idea of playing music to get you going while you do chores. Always works for me!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:29 am
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    Children should be involved with family functions, outdoor activities and have fun!!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:17 am
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    Very effective ideas!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:02 am
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    These are all such wonderful ideas; our family will definitely be working on several of them!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 8:53 am
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    Love these ideas so much I sent them on to my daughter who is a school teacher and is always trying to give ideas to her students parents on ways to bond and work with their special needs children

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  • February 23, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    Love the ideas. Always need more ideas for an active family and more quality time!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    Thank you for the advice

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  • February 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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    We stay active outdoors, but we also play dance games on the Kinect while we’re indoors. All three of us like to play them, so we get exercise and have fun together at the same time.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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    Excellent ideas! I should implement some of those…

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  • February 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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    Great article a lot of good ideas

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  • February 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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    Take walks together or get a simple Frisbee and everyone go outside and toss it around. Not to worry if not everyone is good at throwing it…moving around even if you have to retrieve it is the point.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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    Eating healthy together is a must, great advice.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm
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    lol you told the kids and hubby to stay away from the chair

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  • February 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm
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    Great ideas! My family is very active, and it shows.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    we are super busy most days of the week but on my days off i like to plan activies that are outdoor!

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  • February 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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    These are all great ideas that even my 4 year old would enjoy.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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    We visited a local park to walk the trails and let our son burn off steam on the jungle gym.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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    Great tips! We dance around the house while we clean 🙂

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  • February 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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    We have a great time cooking together. It’s an easy way to carve some time out to spend together during the week.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:58 am
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    Great tips

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:40 am
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    Great advice, I’m always looking for ways to keep my family healthy and moving!

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:26 am
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    I love these ideas.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:25 am
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    I drag my kids hiking and bike riding. 🙂

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:21 am
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    Love being active and always up for new ideas

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  • February 22, 2014 at 10:15 am
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    Great way to be active and spend quality time at once esp for families who normally have very busy schedules.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 3:44 am
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    My family (including 2 of my 3 children) have been blessed with my genes which have the disposition of easily becoming overweight. Without a disciplined diet and exercise we would easily become obese. Fortunately we are living healthy and all have a good grip on it. While most have heard about parking further from the store or shopping, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator but, I was giving a great tip long ago I’ve still use today – take the stairs twice every time you need to go up or down – after a couple weeks make it 3. It doesnt take that long, remembering to do it will prove more difficult. You”ll be surprised at how many calories you can drop with this minor habit change. Especially if you live in a bi or tri level home. This takes discipline and letting yourself feel a little silly once and a while (do it anyway!). Healthy living to all! 🙂

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  • February 22, 2014 at 12:17 am
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    Great tips! It’s important for families to instill good health habits in their children from a young age.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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    Love your ideas. We try to do fun things outdoor, mostly random, unplanned adventures. Always fun discovering something new!

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  • February 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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    Great tips! The Yoga classes sounds like it would be fun and good for the body!

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  • February 21, 2014 at 3:12 am
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    I really like the housework idea, it helps keep the family together!

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  • February 20, 2014 at 10:43 am
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    Great tips. I like the idea of making housework fun!

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  • February 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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    These are all great ideas and we could use all the ideas we can get with my husband owning and operating his own business!

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  • February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm
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    I started Weight Watchers recently and we have been eating more fresh fruits and veggies.

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  • February 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm
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    Thanks for the ideas! I really like the suggestion of making household chores into races…I’m thinking a weekend of housecleaning olympics would be a great way to get moving and get the spring cleaning done!

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  • February 18, 2014 at 11:18 am
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    Great tips, I really need to get us motivated to go for walks more as a family or just me and my daughter during the day. 🙂

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  • February 18, 2014 at 7:55 am
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    These are some awesome tips! I really wish my family would have done more together when I was young.

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  • February 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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    Great ideas! We try to stay active as a family by hiking.

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  • February 17, 2014 at 10:04 am
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    Great ideas for spending time together!

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  • February 17, 2014 at 6:57 am
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    We always go for bikerides in the summer together

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  • February 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm
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    I love this post. So many children seem like they would rather play video games than go outside during beautiful weather.

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  • February 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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    These are great ideas to implement in our home. I have two boys and always have to find new ways. Thank you for sharing.

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  • February 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    I’m always looking for things we can do as a family. I like to get the kids away from the electronics as much as possible.

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  • February 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    Great article. I was just talking with my mom about this. Not only are these great tips, but also shows your kids how important exercise is to your daily lives. Kids will follow our examples much more readily then our “coaching”.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm
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    I love the eating healthy together! If you’re all in it together, there’s no temptation for anyone!

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  • February 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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    Making housework fun is good. It’s stuff you are all doing anyway so may as well make it fun. 🙂

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  • February 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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    It’s great for families to do fun activities together.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm
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    My family and I go hunting together every weekend!

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  • February 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm
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    We walk on the beach and eat a lot more salads nowadays. Cool tips!

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  • February 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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    we love spending time outdoors! playing sports or going on hikes! we’re always looking for more activites to do to keep active!

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  • February 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm
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    Awesome ideas and so timely. Families that do things together also talk more!

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  • February 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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    We go for walks as a family, and play wii fit games together

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  • February 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm
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    So Many Great Ideas, I Love The Make Housework Fun, A Great Way To Have Fun With The Entire Family, Plus Get Things Accomplished.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    I like the idea of making housework fun. Playing loud music (not too loud…I don’t want to be that kind of neighbor!) has usually been a good motivator in our household!

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  • February 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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    Great tips. We stay active due to the farm chores and activities.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    These are all great tips. My favorite is planning outdoor activities. Thanks.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    thanks for the info

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  • February 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    These are great tips. It is so important to stay active and healthy and many families just don’t.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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    great ideas – I need to do some different activities

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  • February 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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    Good tips i wish my family would be more closer

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  • February 15, 2014 at 10:22 am
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    These days we’ve been staying active together by digging us out of the snow here in the Poconos PA LOL

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  • February 15, 2014 at 4:22 am
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    These are some great idea’s. I have no problem staying active, but my grandchildren need help. I try to involve them but they never want to do anything. I do eat clean and when they are around me they do the same, so that’s a good thing.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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    I can’t wait until winter is over so that my family can enjoy exercising outside again!

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  • February 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm
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    I like the indoor tips, such as redecorating, since right now it’s so cold and snowy, we haven’t been able to get out much.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm
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    Love these tips for keeping the family active. We are pretty active especially in warmer weather.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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    These are great ideas. Eating healthy meals together would be something that brings families together in good ways everyday.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    i love your report/review. it was very concise, easy to read, and full of great ideas. i think we need to declutter the electronic age that is a big factor on keeping our young one immobile. thank you for the great tips. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  • February 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    We are fortunate to live in an area that is very bicycle friendly, which enables us to take family bike rides in the spring and summer.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    You did a great job with the report. Your ideas are awesome and I hope they help people who are in need.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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    we look doing outside activities

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  • February 14, 2014 at 11:08 am
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    These are great tips. I always figured if we had to do chores we might as well have fun, so we all work together while we blast music.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 9:06 am
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    I feel like we do a good job as a family staying active together! I really like the take some classes together tip! We are going to have to try that! Thank you!

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  • February 14, 2014 at 8:00 am
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    Great ideas, the wii fit my grandchildren already do, and I always have healthy snacks for them when they are here.

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  • February 14, 2014 at 7:36 am
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    These are some really great ideas! I never would have thought of taking classes together as a family!

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  • February 14, 2014 at 7:16 am
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    Fantastic tips, all of them. The outdoor activities plans have to be scrapped to this bizarre weather lately – but the re-decorating together is a lot of fun! I actually just did get a Hula Hoop!

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  • February 14, 2014 at 2:03 am
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    Awesome tips! We spend most of our time outdoors when the weather is warm. Not only is it healthier for us but it’s also very enjoyable!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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    This weather we have lately is totally not conducive to any activity which is unfortunate, but I love the tips. I can’t wait to get into more when my kids are older.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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    Great tips. We started doing Geo Caching this summer and it was a lot of fun.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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    I try to do most of this with my family. Great tips!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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    I think being active as a family is a great idea. Especially enjoying nature as a whole. Teaching kids to interact with nature as well as building their healthy respect for it is a often neglected thing. I don’t have kids but if I did it would be one of the most important things as a family to do.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm
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    love the ideas . and we are always trying to be active togehter

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  • February 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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    Thanks for the great ideas I really do need to make some changes around my house.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    Our family always works together to get the daily chores done & the weekly chores too, Thanks for some more ideas to get moving together.

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  • February 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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    These are great ideas. My children and grandchildren are always active outside. All are healthy and non are overweight. They also eat healthy. This is good from a mom of 4 and Mimi of 8.

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