Fitness for the Whole Family

Get out there and move!

By FamilyTime


The family that exercises together has more fun! And there is less cause for concern about couch potatoes, obesity, and over-consumption of junk food.

Even as we wring our hands about overweight families and too much “screen time” for everyone, many experts agree that finding an antidote can and should be a family affair.

This does not have to mean gym memberships for all or group training for the next big road race, but it does mean making a commitment to get everyone moving — and loving it!

25 ideas for family fitness:

  1. Dance together
  2. Walk the dog together
  3. Run or jog together
  4. Ride bikes together
  5. Locate accessible hiking and biking trails and use them
  6. Walk on the beach
  7. Play tag
  8. Rake leaves and jump in the piles
  9. Shovel snow and make snow angels
  10. Have a snowball fight
  11. Go sledding together
  12. Take up juggling as a family
  13. Jump rope
  14. Go to the park; bring a ball or Frisbee
  15. Go on a nature walk
  16. Fly a kite
  17. Try cross-country skiing
  18. Try snow-shoeing
  19. Go downhill skiing
  20. Go ice skating
  21. Visit the roller rink
  22. Go bowling
  23. Stack wood for the fireplace or wood stove
  24. Swim in the local indoor pool
  25. Play driveway basketball

As a quick perusal of the 25 ideas listed here illustrates, there are numerous activities families can do together to have fun and get some exercise at the same time. Sure, there’s a big difference between planning a downhill ski trip and taking a walk along a beach, but both have a place in a family’s life. And both can be fun.

The important thing is to work these activities into your daily and weekly life. Don’t make it a one-time thing to crank up the music and dance with your kids through the house, or to toss a ball around in a nearby park.

You have to have warm weather for swimming at the lake or taking a long bike ride, but if you think about taking advantage of these and other opportunities whenever possible, everyone will be happier and more active.

Encouraging your kids to move, joining them in activities, and making these outings part of family life is a good way for everyone to keep fit. And doing so suggests to kids that physical activity is a natural and pleasurable part of life.