Art and the Park: Fitness Can Be Fun

The weather will be warming up soon now that spring is here.  Taking a walk in the park is a great way to enjoy the weather and get some exercise with kids.  We’re lucky that Long Island has an abundance of beautiful parks to enjoy. We have some great ideas on how families can combine fitness with creativity to do art and the park activities.

It seems as if we can’t turn on the TV or read the news without hearing dire warnings about childhood obesity.  The health concerns brought on by obesity can be quite serious.  Childhood obesity can pose a number of risks to health including breathing problems like apnea and asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, as well as the increased likelihood of being obese as an adult.

Children, as well as adults, are living more sedentary lives.  There are so many technological distractions, and even the youngest among us are being drawn in by all the bright screens that surround us day in and day out.  It’s not uncommon to see toddlers playing on computers and iPads. While there’s nothing wrong with some screen time, it is important to also stay active and make fitness a family priority.

Children learn from example. One of the best ways to get them active and out in the fresh air is to march out there yourself. Make fitness a priority, but not a chore. Taking a walk and spending time together as a family is healthy, fun, and free.

Turning your walk into a treasure hunt for items to be used later in a craft project is a great way to get children excited and keep them engaged!  So here is a list of nature-based craft projects that ER-DOX found on Pinterest:

  • Collect leaves along the way and turn them into adorable Leaf Animals
  • Rocks are fun to paint and decorate!  Bring along a bucket or pail to help gather them.
  • Pick up any acorns you see and create this adorable acorn necklace.
  • Twigs can be painted and turned into a heart-shaped wall hanging.
  • Pick colorful flowers and pound them to create colorful artwork or cards.

Turning your walk in the park into a nature treasure hunt is a fun, healthy way to enjoy a day with your children.  Take advantage of the beautiful Long Island parks that surround us and make staying active a family priority!

By Allison Profeta, guest contributor

ER-DOX offers immediate, walk-in Urgent Medical Care at its Massapequa and Amityville locations.  Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, join them on Pinterest for health and wellness news, tips and trends.

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Photo credit Billy Alexander

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