Although finding the time and motivation to stay fit can be a challenge in today’s fast-paced world, there are ways to kick yourself into gear with a smile. For example, exercising with your family has numerous advantages: You can make yourself accountable to someone, you set a good example for your kids, and you encourage them to develop lifelong healthy habits.
We’ve compiled five fun ways for you and your family to stay in shape. Take a look below!
Playing Air Hockey
It’s not terribly exciting, but air hockey increases the heart rate and burns a formidable number of calories. You’ll also be improving your hand-eye coordination, stamina, and strategical skills. You don’t need any prior experience to play air hockey, either! You’ll be enjoying yourselves too much to notice that you’re even burning some calories.
Like air hockey, team sports provide stakes that help make family fitness activities exciting. Families can play many of them together. Badminton, tennis, volleyball, basketball, relay races, and football are just a few that come to mind. Playing on a small scale should give you plenty of exercise, and you’ll get some laughs out of it, too.
These can be creative and ongoing. For example, maybe you could bet on who can train fastest to run a mile in twelve minutes or less, and the winner chooses the restaurant for a family dinner. Perhaps whoever does the most crunches in a month gets to pick the next family outing. You could organize a family Olympics in which the losers must dress up in silly costumes for a day. The possibilities are endless.
Group Bike Rides
The destination doesn’t matter as much as the activity itself. You could just take a short ride to a local convenience store to get yourselves a treat. On the other hand, you could explore a mountain side or a park. Just sharing the experience will bring your family closer while also improving your health.
There are many types of family fitness class that you could take together: Martial arts, boxing, dancing, gymnastics—anything. Imagine pushing and encouraging each other to learn something that makes all of you stronger and expands your horizons. Learning something new as a family can be a fantastic bonding activity while doing wonders for your fitness levels and mental health.