Nowadays, many parents worry their children aren’t getting enough exercise. Too many electronic distractions, video games, social media, and too much screentime. With all the talk about the childhood obesity epidemic, it’s no wonder parents are concerned.
The good news is that you can help your children get moving. Active family day trips are great for everyone. Kids and parents alike will burn calories and enjoy each other’s company. Try one of these activities this weekend. You’ll all have so much fun that you won’t know you’re exercising!
Get in touch with nature. You don’t have to be an Eagle Scout to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. Visit a national park or local nature path. Traipse the trails with your family and stop to take breaks and enjoy the sights. See who can spot certain animals, insects, and plants.
Hit the beach. Head to the coast to have a fun day in the sun with your family. The beach offers endless activities for you to enjoy. Splash in the waves, build a sandcastle, hunt for shells and sea glass, and take a long walk on the beach or boardwalk.
Go apple picking. Take your brood to a local farm to pick apples, strawberries, or pumpkins. Kids will have a blast choosing their own produce. They’ll also learn more about where their food comes from. When you get home, your children can help you make a dish using your freshly-picked fruit or veggies.
Take a walking tour of your city. Many cities and towns are rich with history. An educational walking tour can help you learn more about your area, and get in some activity. Your tour may stop at museums, monuments, restaurants, and other points of interest.
Try kayaking or canoeing. If you live near a lake, river, or other body of water, plan a kayaking or canoeing trip. Local outdoor shops may allow you to rent gear for the day. Paddling will give you a great upper body workout. When you need a break, stop along the shoreline and go for a swim.
Grab your bikes. Biking is an ideal way to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Take your family’s bikes and head for a local mountain biking or paved trail. Make sure to bring your helmets too; the law requires them in many areas.
Spend the day at the park. Pack some sporting equipment and a picnic basket and head to a local park. Spend the day playing various games together like soccer, wiffle ball, tag, or Simon Says. Break for lunch then continue the fun for the rest of the afternoon.
No matter which active outing you choose, know that they’ll each create strong, healthy bodies and lasting memories.
August 30th, 2011