The family that works out together, stays together! Don't settle for a boring trip to the park. Instead, maximize family fitness and fun by turning every outing into an exercise adventure.
Family friendly fitness
Your neighborhood park is the perfect place to engage in family fitness. The beautiful thing about a park workout is that your kids will engage in active play the whole time you're there, so the only trick is for you to stay active, too. Try these activities to keep moving as a family:
The public pool offers endless opportunities for family fitness, as long as you commit to actually getting in and playing with your kids. The average woman burns about 500 calories an hour from casual water play, so hop in and get going!
Little League express
All those hours spent at the Little League fields shouldn't go to waste. If one of your children is practicing or playing a sport, instead of sitting passively on the bleachers, get up and move. Take a soccer ball and a few cones with you and practice kicking and dribbling the ball back and forth with your other kids. Walk up and down the bleachers and do lunges along the sidelines. You might feel a little silly if other parents are watching, but your kids will love the action, and the other parents just might join in, too.
Trail system fitness
Grab your gang and head to the hike-and-bike trail for a post-dinner walk. Instead of simply meandering along, use your surroundings to create a circuit workout. That log can be turned into a bench for step-ups. That big rock can be used as a dip station. Two trees can be designated as starting and finishing points for a series of sprints. Your kids will love the surprise challenges, and you'll get a great workout, too!
Neighborhood fitness scavenger hunt
Set up a fitness scavenger hunt to do on the weekend. Print out a series of workout moves associated with specific neighborhood landmarks or items. For instance, whenever you get to a stop sign, do 10 jumping jacks, or whenever you pass a brown house, do walking lunges. Then, chart out a path around your neighborhood and perform each move as you find the landmark. Your kids will love cross-referencing the list with the moves, uncovering each new activity along the way.
There's no reason you can't get fit at home. Head outside with the family for a daily bout of exercise.
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