Fun Fitness for the Entire Family

“I’m bored!’

“There’s nothing to do!”

How many times have we heard this from our kids? If you grew up before the age of video games your first response might be, “Go outside!” On second thought, this might be a good opportunity to grab a few moments with your kids and get everyone moving.

There are lots of activities that come to mind when escaping out the door into the sunshine. You can go for a walk around the neighborhood, take a bike ride, or play hopscotch on the sidewalk. But there are so many other activities that can get your heart pumping. Consider one of these fun ideas the next time your kid is having a hard time finding something to do.

Fun with Balloons

Kids of all ages love balloons. Put balloons and kids together and let the magic begin. There are a million possibilities that keeps everyone moving. Here are a few ideas:

  • See who can keep the balloon in the air the longest
  • Create a balloon “tail” and try to pop it by sitting on it (hands free)
  • Balloon juggling
  • Balloon volleyball
  • Balloon races where everyone runs a certain distance while keeping the balloon in the air
  • Animal Run
  • Everyone remembers Red Light, Green Light and all the giggles that ensue when someone gets caught running the red light, right? Let’s put an animal spin on it! Ask the kids to name three different animals: one slow, one medium, and one fast. For example, a turtle, a donkey and a cheetah. As everyone runs, call out a different animal and mimic that animal’s speed.

Backyard Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course in your back yard. This might sound like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Let each member of your family set up a station on the course. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • A hopscotch station
  • Skipping between stations
  • Zigzagging around cones or anything that can be substituted as a cone
  • A balance station where you are required to balance 30 seconds on each leg
  • A basketball dribbling station
  • End with a sprint across the yard.

Dragon’s Tail

Everyone has their own version of tag, but here’s a fun version to try out with the kiddos. Stuff a colored scarf or bandana in the waist of everyone’s shorts. Players try to steal each other’s “tail”. When a tail gets caught, the dragon must do something of your choosing, which should be decided before play begins. For example, 5 jumping jacks, hop on one foot, call out a favorite fruit or vegetable, etc., and then the tail is returned and play continues. In this way, no one is “out” and left standing around doing nothing while the rest of the dragons are running.

Not all family activities have to be structured and full of rules. What fun family activities keep you and your kids active?

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