National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of keeping families physically active, now more than ever as we adjust to social distancing. Physical activity improves muscular tone, cardiovascular fitness, balance, coordination, and our favorite- bone health! Make physical activity part of your daily life- aim for one hour a day. Whether it is walking the dog after work, riding your bike, diving into a swimming pool or playing a round of golf, any type of physical activity has positive health benefits for both young and old. It’s getting warmer so now is a great time to talk about some easy and kid-friendly ways to get active while social distancing!
Walk a local trail
We’re so luck here in Austin to be very accessible to hiking, walking and biking trails, even in downtown! The 10 miles of trail surrounding Lady Bird lake are a great place to relax in the evening. The trail is bike friendly for kids of all ability levels, and dog friendly so you can take the whole family. Incorporate a scavenger hunt to keep your kids engaged – the belt on the Boardwalk is a great place to start looking for items to check off your list! Click here for access points and parking information.
Play a Family Game of Football
While sports are suspended indefinitely due to Covid-19, it doesn't mean you can bring the game to you! Play a friendly game of touch football or whatever sport your family wants to play that day. It's not only great physical activity but also a great family bonding one too as everyone gets to spend an hour away from screens and devices and have quality time together!
Take up Kayaking or Canoeing
Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) is a great place to introduce your kids to kayaking or canoeing. It’s not just for tourists! There are plenty of boat rental places nearby so if you don’t have your own boat don’t worry, but make sure and call to see if they are open beforehand as restrictions are being lifted. Most charge hourly and some even allow four legged friends in the boat. Remember to wear your life vest, even if you are a strong swimmer. Let’s get out and get active this month! It is never too late to start exercising and physical activity and there are plenty of sports and activities that are safe even if you are injured. Just remember if you're in a public area outside to keep 6ft away from those around you and your family! If your child has a chronic injury or discomfort from an old injury, now is the time to get it checked out. Physical therapy and other treatment can bring the fun back to into your child’s summer. Give us a call at 512-478-8116 to schedule an appointment.