Family time is important for many reasons. Have you thought about using it to promote fitness and health? If not, here are 10 great ways for you to raise the bar in your family and get them moving regularly.
Family time can become active time little by little. You know kids; they might balk at anything that resembles exercise unless it is done as part of a family activity. That is your “in.” The same goes for adults. We all could be a bit healthier.
10 Ways to Move More
Even if you don’t have regularly scheduled “family time” there is no time like the present to get it going. Time spent watching television can be morphed into a fun activity with a more physical component. Use these ideas as a guideline to get you thinking in the forward direction.
Go for a Bike Ride – That after dinner walk can be a bike ride sometimes! It is faster than walking and works the legs even more than walking already does.
Participate in Interactive Games – We are talking about video games. If your kids want time in front of the screen make it the television screen playing a Wii active game like bowling, obstacle courses or dancing games. You may surprise yourself with just how much fun you all have!
After Dinner Walk – The aforementioned alternative to a bike ride. One way to get the family talking and moving is to schedule a bit of exercise as an addendum to your dinner routine. See your neighborhood, have a few laughs and all while spending quality time together.
Get Competitive – Do you have a back yard? Use it. Play backyard games like you did when you were kids: soccer, volleyball, kickball, flag football and freeze tag. You burn more calories than you think and you have a lot of laughs.
Train for a Charity Event – Even if everyone isn’t on the same level activity-wise, you can all participate in a walking event. Sign up as a family group for a 5K walk. Raise money and build endurance as you get ready for the big day.
Plan an Active Vacation – Try camping, cultural vacations and the like where you are involved in physical activities at least once a day.
Take Turns Walking the Dog – While your dog is also needing some exercise (and is needing a place to do his business), you are getting a workout. In the winter months, it takes more energy to warm your body so you are burning extra calories.
Spend the Day at the Park – Maybe even explore a park in a neighboring town, or somewhere in the countryside! Some community parks have paddle boats, canoes, hiking and walking trails. Bring a picnic lunch or a backpack of snacks and spend a few hours there.
Create a Garden – Gardening is fun but it is a lot of work. The entire body gets a workout (and you get a nice tan happening!) pulling weeds, picking fruit and vegetables, growing and watering flowers and planting seeds.
Take a Local Walking Tour (designed by you!) – When was the last time you all explored your hometown and its surroundings and local events together? Or perhaps you can try something altogether new that you may not have previously thought of doing. This will be exciting for everyone! Trips to the zoo and museums will always involve a lot of walking.
It can be hard to find time to exercise together. I hope you will find joy in these ideas and be find ways to add them to regular activities so you get quality family fit time every day!