Jump into National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with FSA-eligible products
Get Active With Your Flexible Spending Account
Spring is in the air, and with the new season comes the chance to get more active. This month marks National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave the month of May this distinction to encourage citizens to make physical fitness and nutritious eating a cornerstone of American life.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month couldn’t come at a better time, and your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has some surprising items that can give your new active lifestyle a welcome boost.
Of course, there’s no better motivation to improve your health than setting a positive example for your kids. There are a myriad of activities that you can check out this spring to get your active lifestyle in high gear, as well as a few FSA eligible products that can keep you and your loved ones going all season long.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Hike at your nearest state park
- Before the summer temperatures and humidity make it difficult to stay outdoors for long periods of time, a hike at a nearby state park or nature walk is a truly blissful spring experience. Bring along your camera to take a series of family photos against the natural backdrop. Before you set out, make sure you pick up sun care items like sunscreen using your FSA. The spring sun can be surprisingly strong, which is why the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using SPF 30+ sunscreen to prevent sunburns, as well as applying regularly throughout the day during heavy physical activity.
Plant a vegetable garden
- In addition to becoming more active, eating right is a cornerstone of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and you can combine proper nutrition and physical activity by planting a vegetable garden with your kids. Not only will you get to reap the benefits of veggies and greens throughout the summer, but your kids can learn about responsibility and what it means to keep a garden healthy and thriving throughout the warm weather months. Of course, gardening can be a bit strenuous on your back, muscles and joints, so use your FSA to pick up therapeutic hot and cold packs to recover quickly from heavy activity.
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Create an outdoor scavenger hunt
- Increasing your kids’ activity level can also be a social occasion that can help them build relationships and take advantage of the gorgeous spring weather with children their age. Scavenger hunts can be as elaborate as you’d like them to be, depending on how much time you have to set up ahead of time, and kids love being able to work together in teams to work toward a common goal. With your participants covering a lot of terrain while solving clues, slips and falls are inevitable, so make sure you put your tax-free funds to work to pick up bandages, small first aid kits and antibiotic ointments to treat any scratches and bruises along the way.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month only comes around once a year, so use this time to make lasting changes to improve your health, spend more time with your family and pick up the FSA eligible items at FSAstore.com that can make spring all the more enjoyable!