A recent study in Pediatrics found that child and maternal activity levels are directly associated, with more active mothers having more active children.
Maternal activity levels differed depending on mothers’ levels of education, number of children and weekly working hours. On average, mothers engaged in about the same amounts of sedentary and light physical activity each day, with only 53 percent of mothers meeting the recommended 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on one or more days.
And so, in honor of this year’s Mother’s Day, we’re offering a few ideas for getting fit with your kids and strengthening your relationship at the same time.
- Stroller Strides: Bring your little one along for this class that actually incorporates the stroller into your workout.
- Register for a Race: This spring opens race season in Chicago, with races every weekend. Even if you or your kid have never run before, you can find a race to fit your needs. Some, like the Color Race, are so much fun you’ll forget you’re running, and others feature run/walks for every pace. Find local races at active.com.
- Mom and Tot Swimming: With summer coming soon, swimming lessons for moms and tots abound in the the Chicago area. Skokie, Niles, Big Blue Swim School and the Jewish Community Center, to name a few.
- Bike the Drive: Join thousands of Chicagoans and hundreds of kids on Sunday, May 25 for up to five hours of car-free biking along Lake Shore Drive. Bikers of all experience levels can ride at any chosen distance and at any pace. Music, snacks for fuel along the way and, of course, the skyline view make this a memorable family event.
We’d love to hear your suggestions as well!