By: Doris Vallejo-Aguilar, UT Intern, Spring 2017
Do you find it hard to be active with your family? The key to an active family is finding fun and exciting things to do! Combining a healthy diet and physical activity is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To be healthy, you can be physically active with your family! There are activities you and your family can do every season no matter the weather outside.
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When you find yourself indoors during winter, taking the stairs instead of the elevators is a good way to start being physically active. Consider taking a stroll with your family at your local mall too. If you prefer to be outdoors, consider playing a friendly game of football or soccer with your family!
Spring is a beautiful time of the year. Outdoors is where you want to be! Consider setting up a garden with your family in the backyard. Ride your bikes together around the neighborhood or take a walk at your local park. If you find yourself indoors or it is family movie night, get up and walk in place during commercials.
Summer is an exciting time of the year for all. Go camping and hiking as a family! You should make walking, running, and biking regular activities to do together!
While the air gets colder during autumn, do not let that stop you from continuing those family walks around the neighborhood. If you prefer to stay indoors, follow an exercise DVD or video with your family. Do not feel silly engaging in fun physical activities together!
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In Austin, many events are fun and exciting for the whole family. Below is a list of popular events you should check out. These events will keep you and your family active!
- Zilker Kite Festival https://www.abckitefestival.org/
- Trail of Lights and Christmas Tree lighting http://austintrailoflights.org/
- South by Southwest https://www.sxsw.com/
- LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon http://youraustinmarathon.com/
- Pecan Street Festivals http://pecanstreetfestival.org/
- Austin City Limits Music Festival https://www.aclfestival.com/
For a full list of events visit http://austineventsandfestivals.com/