Family Fitness: Workouts to do as a Family
A great way to encourage your kids to be more physically fit is by working out with them. There are a lot of different ways you can do this, from going on walks to just enjoying physical activities. Here are some workouts you can do as a family.
Take a Walk After Dinner
This is a really easy and fun way to start working out as a family. Make it a habit to go for a walk each evening after the family has eaten dinner and waited a little bit for their food to settle in. It starts a healthy habit that the entire family gets involved in. You can walk around your neighborhood, if you prefer, take a short drive to a local beach or lake and walk around. On nights when it is already dark by the time you finish, maybe head to your backyard and do an outdoor activity instead, just to be on the safe side. This is also a good time to take your dogs for a walk with everyone.
Dance in the Living Room
Just because you want to exercise more as a family, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to get on the treadmill or walk 5 miles every weekend. You can make it fun for the kids and have more family time just by turning up some music. Pick something upbeat that the kids enjoy and boogie right in your living room. Dancing burns a lot of calories, gives you more quality time with the kids, and can be a fun way to celebrate at the end of a long day or work and school.
Start Riding Bicycles With the Kids
Finding fun activities that burn calories and are more active are always a good idea, but maybe your kids hate walking. That’s totally okay! Maybe they will enjoy riding bikes? This allows the entire family to get out of the house more often and enjoy nature. Everyone will be soaking up more vitamin D and getting all that fresh air. Similar to the walks, you can bike around your neighborhood, or drive somewhere like a park or biking traits. Just check these areas first to make sure they’re safe for kids to ride on.
Have Outdoor Play Time
There is nothing wrong with just going outside to your front or backyard and playing with the kids. You can play catch with your kids, get a trampoline, or play a game of tag. There are a lot of fun games that are active and keep everyone enjoying the time together.