5 Ways To Get Your Family Active
News reports keep telling us we weigh too much, and we need to eat less and exercise more. Since summer is coming, let's take the opportunity to get the family moving and get fit! We want to keep our whole family happy and healthy, so we've come up with 5 ideas to get the family active this summer.
Take a trip into the wilderness for exercise and a little glimpse of nature at its best. Hiking is a glorified form of walking, so it's not as intense as running. However, hills and rocks make it challenging enough that you get your heart pumping. You may work up a sweat, so take some towels with you. It also doesn't have to be all about exercise. You can play games or create activities with the kids to make it more interesting. You can look for new discoveries along the way and collect leaves or feathers for scrapbooking, or have the kids point out critters' homes on the side of the trail. There's no end to the fun on a hike with the family!
Walks for charities start to pick up during the warmer weather, and you can make this summer the one your family gets fit and makes a contribution to a good cause like breast cancer awareness or a muscular dystrophy foundation. Charity walks usually are 5K or 10K, and training for one will keep your family moving together. Make a difference in your family and your favorite charity this summer.
One of the easiest ways to get exercise is to tailor your workouts to your lifestyle. This just means to add a little bit of exercise to daily activities, like doing chores and eating dinner. While you can't exercise while you're eating, make taking an after-dinner walk part of your family's summer routine. You'll get a bit of exercise, get a chance to take your puppies out and spend time with the family during your favorite season.
Bowling gets everyone off the couch and into a lane for a friendly game that can be used as a bonding activity. Though it's competitive, parents can use the time to teach kids how to throw a strike and be graceful winners or losers, as well as get in a few math lessons. It's a game that uses all sorts of senses and gets muscles moving without over-exerting anyone.
Tennis can be an intensely competitive game, but racket sports are a great form of exercise. Badminton is a good, family-friendly sport. Though it's challenging to run across the court for a birdie, it's easy enough for people of all ages and physical shape. Getting and staying fit takes a lot of time and consistency. While you don't have to do every exercise every day, you can work all of these activities into your family's weekly routines.
The Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to get every member of your family moving this summer. From fun T-shirts to wear on your next big hike to water bottles to keep you hydrated during your charity walk, shop Lakeside for all your summer exercise needs.