March 6th

We’ll spring forward on Sunday, a sure sign that warmer weather is just around the corner. One way to make the most of the extra daylight is to commit to getting outside with your family for one hour a day. It’s not only a healthy alternative to the “screen time” that monopolizes most kids’ lives (in the form of TV, internet and video games), but it’s also a great way to bond with your family and teach your children the value of outdoor space.

Spring forward to a more active spring.

This spring enjoy time outside with your family.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started on a more active, outdoor-focused spring season.

  • Make it a habit. Studies show kids are most likely to be active right after school, but pick a time that works well for your family’s schedule. And stick to it! It typically takes 40 days to create a new habit.
  • Plan fun activities. You’re less likely to bail on the scheduled outdoor time if you have something specific planned. For a few fun ideas check out TurfMutt’s Family Activities Guide.
  • Participate in the activities. Your kids are more likely to be excited about the activity if you are, too! Don’t just sit on the sideline and watch. Instead, commit to being an active participant to offer a good example to your family.
  • Don’t be a fair weather fan. Spring weather can be unpredictable in many parts of the country. Unless the weather is dangerous, commit to being outside even if it’s colder or hotter than you might prefer. Be sure to bundle up everyone appropriately for cold weather (layers, a hat, gloves, warm socks, boots, coats, etc.) and take the necessary precautions in hotter temperatures (sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, hydration, etc.)

What are your favorite ways to get outside and enjoy the spring weather with your family? Share your suggestions in the comments section below, or post them to TurfMutt’s Facebook Page.