It is officially summer! Check out these 10 summer fitness ideas for families:
If we can take pleasure in physical activities with those we love, it is much more likely we will have fun and stick to it on a regular basis. The key is to choose activities that everyone will enjoy so the whole family spends time together.
Walking – Take the whole family on a walk around the neighborhood or a local destination. Try walking to the park or your community pool if it’s not too far away instead of driving.
Swimming – An effective workout for the entire body, swimming is an appropriate activity for a variety of fitness levels.
Bicycling – On the street or on the trails, bicycling is a terrific activity for all ages. Don’t forget that everyone needs to wear a helmet.
Canoeing or Kayaking – If you have access to water, canoeing or kayaking can be a blast and a great upper-body workout. Of course, life jackets are a must for all ages.
In-line Skating – Shoes on wheels may keep your family moving at the same speed and make getting places a bit more fun. Don’t forget to wear protective gear like wrist guards and helmets to prevent injuries.
Beach Games – Build a sandcastle or play in the surf. Running around in the sand all day lets you get in your exercise while you’re having fun.
Team Sports – Games such as doubles tennis or two-on-two basketball are great for smaller groups while touch football, softball and volleyball are fun family activities that can accommodate a larger group.
Park Games – Toss around a football or Frisbee in a safe and wide-open space or take advantage of the park’s facilities such as playgrounds and obstacle courses.
Hiking – Pack a healthy lunch and head out into the great outdoors for a hike. Hiking is a great workout and you also have the opportunity to take advantage of the beauty of nature.
Lawn Games – Set up croquet or badminton in your backyard or turn on the sprinklers for an instant water park on a hot summer day.