Let’s face it, with a never ending to-do list that comes with raising a family, finding the time to workout can appear to be pretty impossible, which is why we suggest gathering up the entire brood and getting your sweat on together. Not only will it get ALL of you in shape (hopefully) but it will help you release stress, let the kids burn off some extra energy and actually create a fun family memory.
Here are three inspirational fitness ideas that are pretty easy and can be done without a gym.
1.Walk or Bicycle Everywhere You Can
Health advisors suggest that everyone walk at least 10,000 steps a day but an increased sedentary lifestyle means that most of us (our kids, too) are barely getting even half of that amount on a daily basis. So warm up those legs muscles with a bike or a power walk.
Here are some cool ways to get your steps in:
You and the family can bike or walk to the grocery store, library or to your child’s school or sports events.
Go for a 30-minute family walk after dinner instead of heading right for the couch and television.
Challenge everyone to take the stairs instead of escalators.
Make this competitive with weekly prizes and be sure to have everyone strap on a pedometer and log everyone’s progress on the refrigerator.
2. Walk or run for charity
We really love this idea, because it combines both fitness and the act of giving back. Team up with your kids and partner for a fundraising race and then take the time out to start practicing as a family for the event. Be sure to impart to the kids that it’s not so much about winning but about doing their part for a community, spending time together as a family and having fun while getting fit.
3. Start A Family Fitness Night
Pick one evening as family fitness night. Each week, let a different person design the family workout that you will all do together (i.e. frisbee, soccer, aerobics, skateboarding, etc). It really doesn’t matter what you choose, the idea is that everyone gets to pick a sport they enjoy and you all can rotate every week.
Get ready to move!