Exercising as a family promotes good health, strengthens the emotional bonds between members, shows study.
According to results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, 81.6 percent of high school students in the US were not physically active for at least 60 minutes per day on all 7 days.
"If parents and teachers could recognize the difference it would make in their kids, they'd have kids exercising constantly!" said Joann Donnelly, Director of Total Health for the YMCA of Greater Houston.
Setting fitness goals as a family is a great place to start, according to Robbie Spector, MPT, who runs a physical therapy practice in Norwalk, CT.
"Consider the benefits of grabbing a frisbee and heading to the park: less driving, and a great way to influence our children's positive attitudes about exercise, fitness and the love of family," he said.
Other ideas to get the family moving and heart rates up is to take a family walk after dinner, or dividing into teams and having an athletic competition, holding a dance party could also be a great option. Washing the car or trying a yoga class together should also be considered.
The study has been published in Faith and Fitness Magazine.