One sure way to keep your family healthy is for everyone to stay active. Finding a fitness activity that involves the whole family can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Let us make your job easier with these healthy family activities that are fun for everyone.
People were designed to walk as our primary form of transportation, but you‘d never know it from the amount of time we spend sitting. We sit all day, whether it’s behind the wheel, at our desks, or on couches. The more time you spend on your feet and moving around, the healthier you’ll be. The next time you’re getting the family into the car, think about where you’re going. If it’s close enough to get there on foot, why not just leave the car at home and walk there? Even if you don’t have a destination in mind, taking a walk through your neighborhood or a local park with the family is a great bonding experience, and it keeps everyone moving and active.
Another great way to get the entire family’s collective heart rate up is for everyone to get on a bicycle. Cycling burns plenty of calories, and doesn’t impact your joints as significantly as running can. If your kids know how to ride a bike, then you can plan a safe cycling route that will be fun for everyone. You can stick to your neighborhood, or you can find an area greenway or biking path. No matter where you and your family end up riding, always remember to wear a helmet every time you take your bike out. Never forget – safety first!
Getting your family involved in a group sporting activity can help you to get to know each other better in a new way. Tossing a ball around or visiting the batting cage can be a lot of fun, or you can play one-on-one basketball at the park or in your driveway. Volleyball, Frisbee, touch football, and soccer are all great options for athletic activities. You can try competitive sports by splitting up into teams, or you can all simply compete with your own, individual personal bests.
Camping and Hiking
Get your family out of the house and into the great outdoors for two healthy activities that go great together. Camping is an excellent way to build relationships while establishing individual responsibility. And you can get in a good family hike on the way to and from your campsite, depending on how far your want to venture into the wilderness. Spending family time in an occasionally challenging setting can be a real learning experience, and getting everyone outdoors and moving around is always a win.
While it may not be as fun in the traditional sense as cycling or playing baseball, making yard work into a family activity kills two birds with one stone. You can get everyone to be active outside and you can take care of some outstanding business at the same time. Raking leaves, cutting the grass, trimming the hedges, or planting a garden – all of these activities can be fun if you handle them the right way, and they can serve to build bonds between your family members that last after the job is done.
No matter which activity you choose, just remember that promoting a healthy, active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family.