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Exercise as a Family: Family Walks and Other Fun Ideas


It’s important that parents try to stay in shape as much as possible. That’s how you stay fit, healthy, and able to care for your kids. However, there are lots of children in the world today who don’t get enough exercise, and the same is true for some adults. So, let’s help both parent and child with fun ideas for how to exercise as a family. In addition to getting or maintaining good health together, these activities help you bond as a family. While you might like one of the suggestions, such as taking family walks, while another one might not be for you. Or, maybe you like all 3 ideas! 

Family time spent walking

Create memories on family walks. Flickr, CC BY SA-2.0.

Go for Family Walks Together

It seems basic but it’s surprising how many families aren’t making time to do this. Maybe it’s a walk before dinner or after the meals are settled in your stomach later.

You don’t have to opt for strenuous exercise as a family. Sometimes you just have to remain active and set a good example. So, you might consider going for long walks in the countryside or somewhere close to you. It could even be your own neighborhood.

On those walks, the whole family will get some much-needed fresh air, as well as making great memories together. Depending on where you live, you just need to perform some online research to find good walking areas nearby.

There are hundreds of hiking trails in every single state, if you’re in the U.S. So, identify the best ones, and plan a walk with your family. If nothing else, you will keep your kids away from their PlayStations, and that’s an achievement in itself.

Try Water Sports to Exercise as a Family

Water sports are always fun, and they help improve your kid’s swimming skills. So, you should try to find something fun to try as a family. Kayaking is an excellent choice because it’s not too strenuous.

As per a recent Intex Explorer K2 Kayak review, you can get inflatable products that seat two people. That means you won’t have to leave your children on their own in a kayak. With that in mind, take a look online at some local companies that offer the service. In most instances, they will have all the equipment you might require and then you just rent it for the time you use it. Exercise as a family doesn’t have to be expensive!

Exercise as a family with sports teams

Get active with your teens! Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

Join a Parent and Child Sports Team

There are lots of sports teams creates especially for both parents and children. Maybe you should join one with your family this summer. Just ask your kids which types of game they enjoy most, and then search online. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding suitable basketball and football organizations in the local area.

However, you might have to travel further afield if you want to try something different. Just bear in mind there are always risks involved when playing team sports. An article from USA News went into more detail about that recently. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the preferences and interests of your little ones.

Exercise as a Family, Starting This Week

Now you have some fantastic activity ideas; you can start planning something special for this summer. The last thing you want to do is allow your kids to sit in front of the TV all day long. That won’t do anything positive for their health; it won’t encourage them to make memories.

All children need to spend time outside in the open air, and the suggestions on this page can help achieve that goal. Whatever you decide, have fun this summer as you exercise as a family!

What are some other fun fitness ideas?



  1. shehannemoore July 5, 2017

    Now Christy… you know what I have said re a book… xxx

  2. oghuzkhagan July 5, 2017

    Just to add, camping is a nice idea as well. Exploring nature always beneficial for kids. But whatever activity you pick, in any case, “If nothing else, you will keep your kids away from their PlayStations, and that’s an achievement in itself.” Hundred percent true!!

  3. John Fioravanti July 5, 2017

    Great advice, Christy – example is everything. Does teaching the youngsters how to do the yard work count? ;)

  4. settleinelpaso July 5, 2017

    Our little one loves going to the countryside. Countrysides are great for creating memories of livestocks, trees, fields, butterflies, and the nature. Needless to say, how awesome it is to see people riding horses! Great post! Have a wonderful evening.

  5. ghostwritingplus July 5, 2017

    Love these ideas, Christy — great job on this article <3

  6. Aussie Mum Blogger July 5, 2017

    You are always writing about what I’m thinking!!!! Xx

  7. Jay Starks July 6, 2017

    This is a great way to stay interactive with the youth. Great ideas by the way. I will be sure to incorporate these with my younglets as well. Also, thanks for checking out my website. 👌🏾 Follow back and take care.

  8. Christy B July 6, 2017

    Thank you for reblogging it, Michael. Guess what?! It’s almost the weekend :)

    1. OIKOS™-Redaktion July 7, 2017

      Wish you also a nice weekend, Christy . ;-) Michael

    2. Christy B July 8, 2017

      Thanks! :)

  9. Louise July 6, 2017

    My girls and I have a standing Sunday afternoon swim date at our gym, complete with a short steam and sauna after – you know, for the glamour. But I find the routine helps – just a fun swim, but same time every week. We tend to see the same families there doing the same thing – so they have “swim friends”. We are also probably trying kayaking with them this summer – so we’ll see how that goes :)

  10. yankeemamainthesouth July 17, 2017

    Great ideas! Thank you for posting!

  11. flightministries October 31, 2017

    I love this post, encouraging parents and kids to be in great shape! I love helping youth through basketball, but it can be a great activity for the whole family.

    1. Christy B October 31, 2017

      Great to hear about basketball being the method you use!

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