Are you tired of your kids sitting in front of a screen? Worried about your loved ones developing a serious health condition? Or perhaps you’re simply interested in giving your family a positive foundation to sustaining good health? Exercising as a family is an effective way of solving (or at the very least reducing the risk) of the concerns listed above. As you can imagine, however, getting everyone to head to the gym, might be easier said than done. A better solution would be to find fun ideas like these listed below to get your family moving.
Go on a Hike
Hiking can be a great adventure for families. You get to spend time outdoors exploring nature – which is already beneficial to your health. Make sure that you choose a route best for your children’s ages. You’ll also want to pack some healthy snacks and ensure that you have plenty of water on hand. Lastly, prepare the kids by dressing them in the appropriate attire including good walking shoes and hats to protect them from the sun. Hiking can also be great for pets. As long as your furry family member doesn’t show signs of dog aggression, bring them along for the journey as well.
Go for a Swim
Swimming is a fun family activity that really works you out. You can make the occasion even more exciting by bringing along pool toys or having water games you can play. This gets everyone even more active without even realizing it. Pool rings are great for kids to swim long distances and dive after while games like tag and Marco polo get everyone moving.
A day at the park is typical for most families and can be a great activity to get everyone exercising. Whether you throw around a frisbee, play hide and seek, freeze tag, or run around on the jungle gym it’s a physical activity that increases your heart rate and gets your blood flowing – which means it’s great exercise.
Does your family enjoy a good challenge? If so, you can get creative and exercise right in your own backyard. Create an obstacle course and let everyone take turns getting through it. You might start off with a potato sack race and then move over into a jumpe rope challenge. Perhaps you could have a tug of war challenge or some other fun games lined up to make it more eventful.
Start a Garden
Do you have space on your property to start a garden? If so, it’s a great way to get in some regular exercise with your family. As you carry out various gardening tasks, you’re working on parts of the body that includes the arms, legs, abs, stomach, and more. As you’re stretching, pulling, raking, digging, and so on, you’re burning calories.
If your family is known for plopping in front of a television screen (computer screen or video game) and sit around all day, it’s time to switch things up. Staying active is imperative to everyone’s physical and mental well-being. While you may not be able to get everyone to want to go to the gym, follow an exercise tape, or join a workout class, you can start incorporating more of the above-mentioned ideas into your family time.