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5 Fun Ways To Get Your Family Fit

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With busy schedules and no time for heading to the gym, why not get the whole family together to get in your workouts. Plus there’s just a few weeks left of summer and you’re spending quality time together. Most likely, they might not notice the exercise part of it because they’re having so much fun!

Here are 5 ways to get the family fit!

family-hula hoopHula-hoop fitness. There are many DVD’s on the market to follow along with for workouts on your own but pick up a few inexpensive plastic hula-hoops and get swinging. Play games with who can hula the longest amount of time with the hula hoop on their hips, arms and legs. Lie down and see if you can hula with your feet. It’s a great core workout and with a little practice or friendly competition you’ll burn off a few calories in no time.

family-park 1Namaste yoga. Yoga is a great activity and whether you have a few yoga mats of beach towels, practicing some basic moves with your kids can be fun. Plus growing can be stressful on the body and yoga has been proven to improve balance, focus and emotional wellbeing. Not a yoga expert, no worries, the Butterfly, Tree, Bridge, and Child’s pose are moves any child and parent can do together.

family-danceDance like an Egyptian. Pulling together a fun place list and moving furniture out of the way to open up a dance floor in your living room can be a great activity to try together. Each person can share their favorite song and dance moves. Some favorites to dance to are “Time of My Life” by Pitbull, “Waka Waka” by Shakira and who doesn’t love the “Cha Cha Slide.”

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Park it. Take your family to the park, bring snacks and play on the playground together. Cross fit has many moves that you can practice at the park like the monkey bars, running up slides and jumping up on curbs. Share some moves that the little ones can try or help your child use their imagination as they swing, slide and climb to victory while you channel your inner kid and fly through the air on the swing set.

family-bikeRide off into the sunset. Biking is great exercise, but can be great for family bonding. If you don’t own your own bike, no worries, many towns have affordable bike rentals. Just make sure your family is wearing proper protective headgear and pads for the junior riders. For babies and toddlers, there are seats that attach to your bike or towing wheels to put the little ones in. Best of all you’ll be outdoors enjoying the fresh air.

family-slip slideGet wet. Take out the old Slip and Slide or duck tape a few garbage bags together and pour on the water. The slippery surface is fun to take a little run and slide on your belly like a seal. It’s an expensive toy to pick and will get everyone sliding and cooled off.

Remember, as parents and adults, we help model our kids behaviors. So make a memory and get active with your family and make sure to capture it on tape to watch later. That might inspire more active moments.

With busy schedules and no time for heading to the gym, why not get the whole family together to get in your workouts. Plus there’s just a few weeks left of summer and you’re spending quality time together. Most likely, they might not notice the exercise part of it because they’re having so much fun!

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