Fun ways to be active as a family
Whether you’re planning a spring vacation or just enjoying the longer days and warmer weather, family activity is a fun way to bond and move your body. It’s also a great example of Body Magic, Slimming World’s gentle approach to reducing sedentary time and enjoying regular physical activity. And activity time as a family absolutely counts!
Read on for ways to get active together as the weather warms up.
Head to the museum. Not only can you see some one-of-a-kind artwork at a museum—you can also log a good amount of steps, too. Make it fun for the whole family by creating a scavenger hunt or take a look to see if the museum you’re visiting already has one—some may even offer downloadable hunts or activities for families. If not, DIY by asking everyone to find images of birds, boats, or people with hats. If you have younger kids, consider going to a nearby children’s or science museum, which often has active, hands-on exhibits to engage younger children—and you as well!
Enjoy nature. Spring and summer are great for exploring state and national parks. Many parks have trails that are less than a mile, and you can always turn back on a longer trail if you start to get tired. Some are stroller-friendly as well! Swing by the info center on your way in to get tips on a hike with the activity level and sceneries you’re looking for.
Ride on. Biking can be a great way to be active and spend time together, either on vacation or at home. If you’re on vacation, check if there are any bike-friendly trails or bike rentals—many hotels even offer complimentary rentals. At home? Check out your local bike shop. Some offer rentals and family programs, and they may have suggestions as to the best places to ride nearby. If you have safe bike paths or lanes, riding to and from school together a few days a week can be more fun than driving.
Walk a 5K together. Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, many communities sponsor 5 or 10Ks, often to raise money for a local cause. Some may also offer fun runs for younger kids. Sign up for one as a family, with the plan to walk (no running necessary!). Get excited and ready by going on walks together two times a week in the evenings or on weekends, and do the official walk or run as a “team”. The point isn’t to be competitive—it’s all about working toward a goal as a family and enjoy moving your body in the process.
If you’re planning to start a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check with your health care provider first—especially if you have an existing health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.