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Urgent Care Topic: Fun Spring Break Exercise Ideas For Families

Fun Ways To Get Moving Presented By First Med Urgent Care

For some spring break has started and for others it will be coming up soon! Whether you and your family have decided to stay home or go somewhere warm one thing is true for MOST children and that is that they love playing and what adult doesn’t like having a little fun now and then? Today, our urgent care is revealing a few fun ways you can have a healthy spring break, yet a fun one that incorporates exercise for the whole family!

Here are activities that you may consider trying to get you and your family moving this spring break:

  • Try a jump rope contest
  • Fly kites and have fun chasing them down
  • Ride bikes with everyone or take a group walk around
  • Make a game out of taking stairs whenever possible and avoid elevators
  • Crank up music and dance around like crazy
  • Jump up during commercials or take breaks (for Netflix watchers) to jump around silly
  • If it’s too cold, go swimming indoors someplace (The YMCA?)
  • Try a fun game of charades with plenty of active acting
  • If you’re going on a road trip, get out at pit stops to stretch, walk or even race from the car to the building (bathrooms) and back

Studies suggest that everyone needs at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity every day and it doesn’t have to occur all at once. The nice part is that you can split up the active time throughout the day and it still counts.

We, at First Med Urgent Care, believe that participating in physical activity as a family can be as fun and great as you make it! These ideas presented by our urgent care are just some suggestions. Of course, we encourage you to do whatever you see fit for your family. Use your imagination to get creative with your family exercise this spring break!

Be careful out there, whatever you decide to do. If you need us, First Med Urgent Care staff will be here to assist you with any urgent care needs 7 days a week from 8am to 7:30pm.

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First Med Urgent Care Encourages Physical Activity For Kids

First Med Urgent Care: Remain Active Despite Starting School Again

It’s been said before and for several years now that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic. You may be wondering “how much of an epidemic is it, really?” First Med Urgent Care found statics for the United States via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to their records, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. They do distinguish that there is a difference between children who are overweight and children classified as obese. The definition of overweight is having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.

Overweight and obese children, with little or no physical inactivity have an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and an overall poor health status. Now, our urgent care staff know that with school starting up again it is inevitable that children will be forced to sit longer than they normally would. The older children get, the more choice they have over their classes and the amount of students choosing physical education classes is decreasing.

First Med Urgent Care Tip: A healthy lifestyle may boost academic performance.

First Med Urgent Care Tip: Exercise can reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

Of course, not all school programs can implement activity while learning, yet urgent care staff will generally recommend a healthy dose of exercise to capable patients for a healthy lifestyle. So, it begs the question “what can you do?” Exercise at home! It sounds too straightforward, but it can help. Simply make a real commitment to work in 30-60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. Right after school is a great time to run off all the energy your children have bottled up!