The early fall is a great time for getting your family outside and moving around. With the nation’s issues with obesity, it’s important to find fun ways to exercise. However, it can be a lot more fun if you bring your family with you. Here are a few fun ways you can all get moving together as a family.
If you’re looking for a fun family activity that everyone can participate in to get exercise, hiking is a great option. There are millions of hiking paths across the United States. Some are housed within National Parks or National Forests, but many are accessible through the foothills by neighborhoods. The great thing about making hiking a family activity is that there are various levels of hikes that you can go on.
Some hikes are more like strolls through the mountains and some hikes might even demand walking sticks because of steep inclines. If someone in your family isn’t coordinated or interested in participating in sports, they may like hiking because it usually just involves using your leg muscles. If you have little ones that lag behind, take along a Piggyback Rider. This is a great way to safely and easily carry a child once they’ve been tuckered out from a hike.The best part about hiking is making it to the beautiful destinations at the end of the trail. Whether you’ve reached a waterfall, a gorgeous sunset on a summit, or a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers, your hike is sure to be something that your family will remember for a long time.
Swimming is a wonderful activity to do as a family because the different members of your family can swim at their level and stay at a depth that they are comfortable with. There are also many different kinds of places you can swim, from rivers to lakes, from public pools to private pools, from bays to the ocean. It is one of the most popular activities because there are many places you can swim to cool off from the lingering heat of early fall. If some of your children aren’t confident in the water or don’t know how to swim, most cities with pools offer public swimming lessons for children. Swimming lessons teach fundamental coordinating exercises that help swimmers stay safe so that they can have fun in the water.
There are so many sports that families can easily play together, and new sports games are constantly rising in popularity. In recent years, games like 9 Square, Pickleball, Spikeball, and others have become very popular because they aren’t too difficult to play, and even young kids can learn to play them. If there are members of your family that aren’t comfortable playing certain sports because of their skill set, look into different sports activities that you can play together to meet the needs of all your family members.
These are just a few simple ways to get out and about with your family. Moving together is a great way to build a tradition of healthy activity in your family. This will help set up your family for a healthy future in the years to come.
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