In this day and age of television and Internet, people are simply not spending as much time outdoors as they used to. This can be particularly bad for children who need plenty of fresh air, sunshine and physical activities to remain in the best of health. Whether you’re looking for a summertime activity, a way to get your family into shape or simply an opportunity to spend quality time together, outdoor family workouts are a great idea. They let you accomplish three things at once: you get some exercise to help you stay in shape, you expose your family to nature and you get a fun opportunity to bond with your children and spouse. Here are some fun family workouts to try outdoors.
1. Hiking or Walking
If your kids are like most children then they probably love the idea of having an outdoor adventure that involves forests, rivers, boulders, waterfalls and other exciting natural features. When choosing your venue, keep your children’s ages in mind. For instance, if you have a baby who has just learned to walk then a hardcore hiking trail might be out of the question. The hiking trail you choose should not only be appropriate, but interesting as well. A trail that requires you to pass plenty of caves, blooming flowers, rivers and waterfalls should keep your kids entertained throughout the hike. It’s also a good idea to bring a handful of snacks, since hiking with children usually means frequent breaks.
If you don’t have much time to spare for planning an outdoor family workout then walking can still help your family get in shape and let you have some fun outdoors. If you live in a peaceful and family-friendly community with streets that are ideal for walking, then a stroll with your family should be no problem. Live in a city where the only streets are traffic-heavy highways? No problem. You can still drive to the nearest parks or nature reserves where walking can be a fun experience for your children. Some of these places even have family-friendly features like picnic grounds, mini zoos and playgrounds.
2. Ball Games
Playing sports games is another way to get the family to bond together and collectively achieve fitness outdoors. And what better games are there than good old ball games? If you have little children, a game of catch should prove to be fun and interesting enough. For older kids, games like basketball, volleyball or baseball have always been classic favorites.
Cycling or bike riding is not only a great way for your family to get some outdoor exercise but it’s also a fun way to explore your community. Parks, country roads and beaches are all great venues for cycling. The beautiful scenery will surely make you forget that you’re even working out. To make the ride even more enjoyable for your family, pack a picnic basket and head to a scenic spot where all of you can enjoy some tasty refreshments outdoors.