Discover ways to keep healthy and get everyone involved.
When you have kids, it can be difficult to carve out the time to get fit. Multitask your free time by coming up with fun ways to be active as a family. Fitness won’t feel like a chore when you’re enjoying time together. Here are some tips for staying fit as a family.
- Go geocaching or hiking. Walking and hiking are great ways to stay fit. Make your walks an adventure by seeking out a geocache or exploring an area you’ve never seen before. Check out a new hiking trail or drive to a local park.
- Ride bikes together. Outfit yourself and your kids with a bike and helmet. Even babies can enjoy biking with a safe bicycle seat for infants. Find safe places to bike together, such as bike trails and parks. Obey traffic laws when riding on or near the street.
- Do yard work together. Lawn work isn’t that much fun, but it’s still a great way to spend time together. Work as a team when gardening, mowing and weeding. You’ll all get a fitness boost and at the end you can reward yourselves with some relaxation indoors.
- Be creative. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition recommends that kids 6-17 get about an hour of activity every day. Adults need about 30 minutes a day. Kids get a lot of activity at school, so you can meet in the middle by trying to be active for 30 minutes a day together. Get creative. Wrestle in the back yard, go swimming, play an active video game that requires jumping or dancing, play tag or go jogging together.