September 26 is Family Health & Fitness Day. This is a great time to remind ourselves to slow down, and take time to focus on family activities.
As always, family schedules can be quite “all-consuming” and trying to fit in some family fitness can seem daunting at times. Here are some ideas that can work for everyone:
- Have you considered scheduling a time after dinner to get the family outside for 30 minutes? If you try to make it longer than that, the kids and even adults can get bored or distracted. Keeping the time to 30 minutes is a doable time for all involved.
- Let each member of the family make the plan for the 30-minute activity. Have each member of the family write down their activity idea and put them all in a box.
- Before dinner, one family member gets to pull an activity out of the box and that is the activity for the night. Some examples include walking to the park with a football or soccer ball, throw the football around a bit and talk about the rules of the game so when it comes up on TV, everyone understands the rules.
- You can also take the time to talk about your favorite players etc. If you have younger kids in the family, let the toddlers walk in the grass at a park or play on the playground equipment.
- Another easy activity is to get everyone to hop in the family vehicle and take your dog to the dog park. You and the kids can walk or run around the dog park with the dogs. Everyone gets exercise that way.
With the Arizona heat continuing on, all family members can jump into the pool and toss around the beach ball, not letting the ball get out of the pool. No need to have a structured game – just the jumping up and down can be fun for the family. At the end of the day, spending time together is the most important element of fun and something that can be easily incorporated with a little effort.
When I was growing up, we all went outside and used our imagination, playing a family softball game, playing catch, or playing hide and seek. Maybe we all need to go old school and let the kids use their imagination. Adults just need to be willing to let themselves be kids again!
Written by: Lois Moncel, Director of Fitness and Wellness at Robson Resort Communities