Now is the perfect time to encourage everyone in the family to move more! The kids are out of school and eager to make the most of their free time.
Plus, the family that exercises together has more fun! And there is less cause for concern about couch potatoes, obesity, and over-consumption of junk food.
Even as we wring our hands about overweight families and too much “screen time” for everyone, many experts agree that finding an antidote can and should be a family affair.
This does not have to mean gym memberships for all or group training for the next big road race, but it does mean making a commitment to get everyone moving — and loving it!
20 Ideas for Family Fitness
- Dance together
- Walk the dog together
- Run or jog together
- Ride bikes together
- Locate accessible hiking and biking trails and use them
- Walk on the beach
- Play beach volleyball
- Play tag
- Take up juggling as a family
- Jump rope
- Go to the park; bring a ball or Frisbee
- Go on a nature walk
- Fly a kite
- Visit the roller rink
- Play softball or Wiffle ball
- Rollerblade together
- Swim in the local pool or lake
- Play driveway basketball
- Play pick-up soccer
- Visit a pick-your-own berry patch
As a quick perusal of the 20 ideas listed here illustrates, there are numerous activities families can do together to have fun and get some exercise at the same time. Sure, there’s a big difference between planning a day-long hiking trip and taking a walk along a beach, but both have a place in a family’s life. And both can be fun.
The important thing is to work these activities into your daily and weekly life. Don’t make it a one-time thing to crank up the music and dance with your kids through the house, or to toss a ball around in a nearby park.
If you think about taking advantage of these and other opportunties whenever possible, everyone will be happier and more active.
Encouraging your kids to move, joining them in activities, and making these outings part of family life is a good way for everyone to keep fit. And doing so suggests to kids that physical activity is a natural and pleasurable part of life.