Exercise is a big commitment in terms of time. Unfortunately, if you take this commitment it means that you have to sacrifice time that could be spent with your family. However, if you get a little creative you can do both. In this article I will be discussing 4 fantastic family exercise ideas that allow you to spend time with your family and improve your fitness.
Cycling is a fantastic way to get some exercise and take your family on a mini-adventure. So if you have nothing planned on 1 of your weekend afternoons prepare your route, get the bikes ready and head off for a cycle. You can even make it a bit more interesting by cycling somewhere for lunch and then cycling back. 1 hour of light cycling burns 400 calories so if you make an afternoon of it you can break the 1,000 calorie mark.
Football (or soccer if you are from the USA) is a brilliant team based family exercise idea. For a full game you need 2 teams of 11 people but you can realistically have a casual match with much lower numbers than this. Even if it’s just you the wife and the kids you can still have an enjoyable kick about. All you need is a football, some open space such as your garden or the local park and optionally some goal posts. A relaxed kick about will burn through a notable 476 calories per hour.
If you want to take the family on a day out and stay active in the process, snowboarding is a brilliant choice. All you need to do is find a snowboarding centre that is nearby, book the whole family in and get yourself there. Snowboarding gets through a reasonable 429 calories per hour so if you do a few hours these calories will really add up.
Walking is a top family exercise. You don’t need equipment and as long as there is a footpath you can do it anywhere you like. Walking is not as intense as football or snowboarding but it is still a better option than sitting at home and watching TV and burns a reasonable 240 calories per hour.
Including your family in your exercise plans is a really good idea. It allows you to have fun with them, get yourself fit and get them fit with you. The best part is it’s not too difficult either. All you need is a little creativity and you can come up with plenty of amazing family exercise ideas that everyone will enjoy.