Making Family Fitness Fun
After dinner walks
Everyone in the family can go for a walk together. If you have babies or young toddlers, just bring along the stroller. Walks are a great way to incorporate exercise into your regular daily schedule. They also provide an opportunity to talk to your kids without the distractions of electronics or TV. Make walking together an evening ritual, before or after dinner.
If your family watches TV together, you can add a little bit of exercise on the commercial breaks. Your little ones will love trying to do sit-ups or getting up to march in place. Two minutes of exercise is certainly better than none and these micro-workouts can be a great way to have a little fun instead of just zoning out in front of the boob tube.
Make it a tradition to play a sport together as a family one day a week. Consider everything from flag football to beach volleyball to doubles tennis. Partner with another family in the neighborhood and play against them! Teaching your kids about healthy competition and teamwork is important, no matter their ages.
Walking or running for charity is a fantastic way to give back to the community, stay fit and bond as a family. In most major cities you can find a charity walk or run every month -- if not every weekend. On the weeks that there's not an event, you can be training together for the next one.
Gardening and yard work can be wonderful exercise for the whole family. Kids love getting dirty and learning about nature too. Whether you are planting flowers or vegetables, it doesn't really matter. However, growing your own food is a terrific way to teach your kids about green living. As an added bonus, they'll be more apt to eat their veggies if they have grown them!