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Be Active

Useful tips to help you and your family manage an active lifestyle

  • Self Esteem

    Self-esteem booster for kids

    Be Active Tip: Exercise makes kids feel better... on the inside.

    According to Journal of Pediatric Psychology, children in the study felt better just by getting up and moving. The study focused on fun activities that increase heart rate, such as running games, jumping rope, basketball and soccer and typically included short bursts of intense activity. Participants in these activities reported feeling better about themselves.

  • Use your head!

    Use your head!

    Be Active Tip: Include your kids when selecting their helmet and let them personalize it.

    Stickers are one way of helping them put a safe mark on their gear. Research conducted over the past 20 years shows that children under age 15 are more likely to suffer a head injury while skiing or snowboarding than any other age group. For kids in this group, a helmet can prevent or reduce the severity of the injury by 53%.

    • We did it!

      We did it!

      Be Active Tip: Help your success rate by setting goals
      with a friend.

      A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that when you share a triumph with someone else, like finishing a 5K or even surviving one killer abs class, your perceived value of that event increases and you may become more invested in it.

      • 10 minutes is all you need!

        10 minutes is all you need!

        Be Active Tip: Instead of checking-in online, grab a friend, get social, and go for walk. Even if you are walking around the mall... it counts!

        The CDC suggests trying a brisk walk for 10 minutes, three times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you moderate exercise you need to stay healthy.

        • Eat, Sleep, and Exercise

          Sleeping, Eating and Exercise... Oh My!

          Be Active Tip: Timing when you eat and exercise can help you sleep better.

          Follow these tips from the Mayo Clinic to better prepare for a good night's sleep.
          7-8 hours of sleep is ideal for adults.

          • Avoid eating just before bed: while you want to rest, your body will be working overtime to digest
          • Plan your exercise earlier in the day to be well rested at night
          • Stay away from stimulants like caffeine and nicotine
        • Be Active

          It's play time!

          Be Active Tip: Get the whole family moving and laughing with "old school" games like hopscotch, TV tag, and hula-hoop. Being active should be fun, not a "workout."

          • Encourage physical activity with kites, 4-square and jump ropes.
          • Provide children options to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.
          • Walk to and from school a few times a week.
          • According to the CDC, kids need at least one hour of activity a day.
        • Time for an Energy Checkup

          Time for an "Energy Checkup"

          Life is busy and we all feel tired sometimes, so getting good sleep is essential to staying active. But if low energy levels are holding you back, it may be time to see your doctor for an "Energy Checkup".

        • It is not the intention of Liberty Mutual Insurance to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide information for people to better understand their health. You should consult with your doctor about specific medical questions and before starting an exercise program, especially if you have not exercised in a while.

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