5 Fun Family Activities for Improving Fitness
Posted on 06th , September 2012
Good health and fitness are important for people of all ages, from childhood to our senior years. While it can be hard to get the kids motivated to tear themselves away from the television, video games or just spending hours online, giving children a life-long appreciation of physical activities is a priceless gift.
Disc golf: An affordable sport for everyone
Consider getting involved in a new sport that everyone in the family can enjoy. Disc golf, similar to ball golf but played with a Frisbee, or disc, is easy to learn with starter discs available for as little as $10 and most courses free to play on.
Consider getting everyone in the family a bicycle and developing a routine of going out on bike rides after dinner, or spending the weekend riding on a fun path or trail in different locations to mix things up. Make it even more fun by tracking mileage progress through a chart and using stickers when a milestone is reached.
Family hikes in the beautiful outdoors are an excellent way to develop good exercise habits in kids as well as an affinity for nature. Add to the fun of exploring trails by involving the entire family on choosing the route. By making it an exploration to discover interesting plants and wildlife, it won't even seem like exercise. Young children can be encouraged by counting flowers or trees along the way and singing songs.
You don't have to go far to find a way to incorporate fun physical activities into your daily life. A game of tag, kickball, flag football, or even just tossing the ball is a great way to get the family outside and keeping everyone fit.
Competitions and charity events
Training for an event is a good way to motivate almost anyone to exercise. Many charities receive funding through walks, bike rides and runs that give an extra special meaning to fitness. Preparing for the event gives the family an excuse to encourage each other to get ready for the “big race day.”