It’s the perfect time of year to hit the biking trail, basketball court, volleyball pit, or a local hiking spot. And since May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month as well as National Family Wellness Month, you have just the motivation you need!
Especially for those of us with kids or who have trouble getting motivated to hit the gym, incorporating other forms of fitness, like favorite sports or activities in nature can be more appealing than having to shop for a new sports bra or spend money on a pair of running shoes.
Family Activities to Stay Fit
- Take a walk every day. Whether it’s on a break at work, after dinner with the fam, or early in the morning with the dog. It’ll rejuvenate your day, get your endorphins flowing, and is great for your rear and legs.
- Commercial break workouts. It’s easy to incorporate squats, pushups, situps, tricep dips, or lunges into those breaks. You can do them to the beat of a song playing during a commercial, race to see how many you can do during two commercials, etc.
- Have a dance party. Push back some furniture and stream some music that makes you want to shake it off. Belt out the lyrics, create your own dance moves, and get your heart rate going.
- Walk or run for a charity. This time of year they happen just about every weekend. Use Google or Facebook to find some runs your friends might be participating in, and you can even pick the fun ones: around a downtown area, along a rail trail, a color run, a mud run, or a glow-in-the-dark run. What’s not to love?
- Join a league at the local rec center for whatever you enjoy: dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, or racquetball. A weekly game could be a perfect motivator to keep getting into shape other days of the week – to improve your speed, flexibility, and response time.
- If your kids have their own sports practices, make it a point to work out while they do – run around the track, do a stadium workout, or alternate a walking lap with some lunges and pushups.
Have other ideas? Feel free to share what’s worked for you or your family to stay active.
There are many reasons to stay physically fit and healthy. If you think you might have a barrier to being as healthy as you can be or a concern you want to speak to a doctor about, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
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