Regular exercise has been a part of my life for a long time. Whether is was roller blading with my siblings, taking tennis lessons, doing classes at the gym or even going for a walk with the kids in the stroller, it’s always been a constant. I also want my kids to know that exercising is important to stay healthy and strong. That is what I tell them when they ask me why I go to the gym.
However, exercising doesn’t have to be a solo activity all the time. You can also do it together as a family. It’ll get your kids into the thought process that keeping active is a regular part of life and it also gives you more quality time to spend together, a definitely win-win situation.
Here are 5 Fun Ways to Exercise as a Family:
1. Adventure Walk
Find a simple trail around your neighbourhood and set up a schedule for weekly walks, whether it’s after school or after dinner. Make it fun by doing a scavenger hunt along the way or taking some duck food to feed the ducks by the pond. It’s be a great way to spend time as a family and exercise at the same time.
2. Dance Party
If you all love music, make a playlist of all your families favourite songs and then plan a party…a dance party! It’ll be so much for everyone to let loose and dance up a storm. It’ll not only be a lot of fun, it’ll be great exercise for everyone.
3. Family Yoga
Practice yoga as a family. You may think it’ll be too hard with young kids because of their short attention spans, but if you try videos like Cosmic Kids Yoga, which are 20 minute yoga videos told with a story, it will keep your kids engaged. We started it recently and my kids (and I) love it! I just adjust the movements to make it more challenging for myself.
4. Sports Night
Games night is lots of fun for everyone. How about replacing one of those games night with a sports night? Choose a fun and easy sport like soccer, street hockey or biking and make a family affair of it.
5. Video Games
When you think of video games, you probably see someone sitting in front of a screen, not very active. But there are lots of interactive games out there that are fun and very interactive. In our house, we like Wii Sports and Dance Dance Revolution.
Incorporating these and other activities regularly into your week will keep everyone healthy and happy. What is your favourite way to stay active as a family?