After a grueling year of schedules and school, you want to plan some summer activities that will be fun and stimulating for all, but you don’t want to forego fitness.
When planning summer fitness activities for the family, you’ll want to choose some that are so much fun they’ll want to stick to it on a regular basis.
It may be difficult to choose summer fitness activities that the entire family can enjoy, but it can be done – and, for all age groups. Something as simple as walking around the block can be stimulating if you make it fun by talking and observing what’s around you.
Here are some great fitness activities that will make midsummer more memorable and bring you closer together as a family:
Park and Yard Games
Footballs and Frisbees can get you moving if you have access to an open, grassy space. Many neighborhood parks have such fun things as obstacle courses, rock climbing and splash pools that you can take advantage of.
If you don’t have a swimming pool in your back yard, research the area in which you live. You’re likely to find a club or neighborhood pool where you can take the family as a group. A lake is also a great place to picnic and swim.
It’s likely that you have some hiking trails near your home. Hiking can be a great workout and can be educational by pointing out certain plants, insects and birds you can enjoy.
Family Team Sports
Putting up a basketball or volleyball net can add fun to your family vacations. If you have a large family, it’s especially nice to have a good, old-fashioned “It’s ON” game. Don’t forget to help out the younger ones and help them interact.
This is a sport the entire family can enjoy while getting the best exercise. If you have smaller children or babies, there are carriers available for the bicycles. Search for some bicycle trails in your area – and don’t forget to wear a helmet.
You don’t have to have a swimming pool to get wet and cool and enjoy a summer day. A simple sprinkler will do – or take it a step further and purchase one of the inexpensive water ‘toys’ to play with.
Plant a Garden
Start early in the summer to plant a garden with the entire family. The planning and planting are part of the fun. Harvesting, cooking and eating are the best parts.
You don’t have to venture far from home to experience summer fitness and fun. A little research and some imagination and creativeness on your part will ensure that everyone has a great summer without becoming a couch potato.
Don’t forget to take photos and make a family vacation album that you’ll enjoy looking at during cold winter months – and forever.