With the average household having multiple internet-capable devices for family use, it’s safe to assume that most of us aren’t meeting the recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
While this doesn’t seem like a big deal – after all, everyone is happy while engaged in their favorite online activity-, it can be detrimental to the development of children, as well as the aging process of adults.
So, how can you make the most of 60 minutes outside in a way that will have the entire family smiling? Here are a few great ways.
What child doesn’t love tag? Even as an adult, you probably remember playing tag in your youth. It’s an easy game that almost everyone knows how to play, it’s fun, and the best part? It gets the whole family up and moving.
Dance it out.
Dancing is great for the heart, lungs, and muscles. It makes use of the entire body and burns off excess energy.
You don’t have to have a ton of space to have a dance party – all you have to do is move the couch and coffee table out of the way, or push the kitchen table and chairs aside and voila! Your very own dance space.
By this, we’re referring to a good old game of Twister. Despite seeming like a pointless game that has an agenda to throw your back out of whack, Twister is a great way to tone muscles.
Some of the positions the game puts its players on prove to be a real challenge to stay in, effectively toning the muscles used to hold the position.
Spend the day at the park.
There’s more for adults to do at the park than you’d think. When taking your kids there, bring a kite, a soccer ball, some racket sports, and a picnic.
Make a day of getting fresh air, playing games, and running and jumping with the family. Many parks even have pathways and/or river access that you can make use of.
Have an activity break.
If you can’t tear the kids away from their favorite TV show, encourage them to get up off the couch during the commercials instead of fast forwarding through them.
During this time, the whole family can do squats, push-ups, jumping jacks, or run in place. By the end of the day, the commercial breaks alone will add up to 60 minutes worth of physical activity.
Walk the dog (or cat?).
If you have a dog that enjoys being outside, make it a habit to take him or her for frequent walks. The whole family can tag along and take turns walking the family pet. Or, if you have multiple pets, everyone can walk one.
This a great way to not only get active but to bond with your family.
Do any of these sound fun to you? Hopefully, even if they don’t, they’ve inspired you to come up with your own activities.