This Saturday, June 13th
marks National Family Health & Fitness Day. Each year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) celebrates this special day with a goal to promote the importance of keeping our communities healthy.
During the time of COVID-19, fitness is more important than ever. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the goal of Family Health & Fitness Day. Additionally, we’ll share some of our favorite tips for getting outside for some fun, safe exercise.
What is Family Health & Fitness Day?
Each year, the second Saturday of June is reserved for NRPA’s Family Health & Fitness Day. This national day was created to encourage us all to appreciate the outdoors and take time to keep our bodies healthy. Most importantly, it aims to promote the importance of community gathering places, like parks and recreation centers. Across the country, agencies everywhere are encouraged to host outdoor activities, such as health fairs or family runs.
According to the official website, members of the healthcare community are also encouraged to participate and sponsor these events. To learn more, visit the NRPA’s official website
Outdoor Fun in the Time of COVID-19?
Now, after staying indoors for so long these past few months, we’d all love to get outside and have fun right away. However, times have definitely changed. Remember, even as the country slowly begins to reopen… there is still a deadly virus on the loose. Above all, it is important for us all to remain safe. Following social distancing guidelines is still imperative. Additionally, masks should be worn to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of activities that you and your loved ones can participate in to celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day!
Family Fishing Fun
One great thing about recreation centers is that they often have areas to fish. Fishing can be a great way to relax and get your mind off the troubles of the world. Even better, it’s a great family bonding activity. Grab your poles and tackle, and get ready for Family Health & Fitness Day.
If you’re fishing from a boat, be sure to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket
. That Coast Guard certification is important. Without it, the floatation device may not be able to save your life. An adult should always make sure their children’s life jackets are worn properly. It should fit snugly. After all, a loose life jacket could slip off, defeating its purpose.
While you’re having fun, don’t forget to be careful. When it comes to the water, you never know when a fun time can turn suddenly dangerous. In case you or a loved one falls into the water, it pays to be a strong swimmer. Swimming lessons
are a must-have skill for every member of your family, no matter their age. It can save a life.
Take a Dip
Speaking of swimming, swimming is a great way to stay healthy. This full body exercise can improve your muscle strength and heart health.
But what about the virus? Believe it or not, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
says that “there is no evidence showing anyone has gotten COVID-19 through drinking water, recreational water, or wastewater.” That said, crowds can be quite dangerous when it comes to infection. Be sure to follow all of the official posted medical advice. Don’t put yourself in needless danger for a day at the beach. If you want to take a dip, it may still be best to use your home pool if you have one.
Final Safety Bits
For more information about Family Health & Fitness Day, check with your local parks department. They may have specific advice and activities to explore. Additionally, current safety guidelines and permissions after coronavirus will vary depending on where you live.
If you’re heading outside this weekend, be sure to take care of your skin. Wear sunscreen
on exposed areas of the body, like your face, neck, and hands to avoid a painful sunburn. Additionally, wear a hat. A hat can keep the sun out of your eyes and protect your skin. To you and yours, have a happy and safe day!