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Fun Family Fitness Ideas

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Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone.

How to Start
First, decide what level of participation your family is ready for. If your entire family is committed 100%, you could go as far as setting up a Family Olympics. If it's a struggle to get your family to do anything together, starting out small might be the better option.

You may simply focus on educating each them about the benefits of exercise—in a smart way.

Bombarding them with stats each morning as they come down to breakfast might not be the best option. Put up a healthy living bulletin board in your kitchen (or use the fridge door) with articles and other resources that will help get your point across without having to say much of anything. For example, if one child is an athlete, an article about a successful athlete who commits to fitness could go a long way. Or, post a story about a young person who had trouble focusing at school but started exercising and saw an amazing difference.

You are only limited by your creativity!
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Joe Downie Joe Downie
Joe, an exercise enthusiast, is a certified physical fitness instructor and high school soccer coach.

Member Comments

  • Great article, although I don't think it will work for my family.

    Daughter? Well, forget about cleaning! It is a job getting her to do her chores. But outdoor activities... we are always playing tennis, walking, tetherball, X-Box Adventures whatever the mood brings.

    Husband is rough. He used to have a job that would pay him to exercise for an hour each day... he never did. He only likes scuba diving or hiking with his friends from the fire department. The only thing he likes to do with family is watch television, although we manage to guilt him enough to get him outside occasionally. . - 5/10/2014 6:58:20 AM
  • Great article. - 9/17/2013 7:01:06 PM
  • Today is the first day of the rest of my life. What matters now is what choices I am making and what I am doing with my time. The kids are getting older and its time for momma to shine. - 5/4/2012 3:15:30 PM
  • I really like these ideas. I don't have kids, but I have a husband who takes a little too much advantage of the fact that his weight stays the same even if he does not work out often. Maybe I will post this on the fridge in order to give him the hint ;) - 11/18/2011 11:32:53 AM
  • I like these ideas especially the tresure hunt for goodies.
    Pam - 2/17/2011 4:36:24 AM
  • I LIKE GETTING INVOLED WITH OUTDOOR SPORTS DID EVERYDAY WHEN MINE WERE YOUNG AND WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN WITH THEY WERE YOUNG..GREATS ARE STILL TOO VERY YOUNG BUT LOOK OUT AS SOON AS THE GET TWO THEY ARE READY....FOR RUNNING WITH ME ADN JUST GROOFING OFF AS I EXERCISE - 12/24/2009 4:29:07 PM
  • Some GREAT ideas for thinking outside of the exercise rut! Sneaky ways to get the kids involved and to spend some more quality time together. Thanks! - 8/2/2009 10:29:12 PM
  • How fun! By making fitness fun, children can pass this on to their own families later. I have no children, but DH and I can achieve our chores and fitness goals with more smiles. - 8/2/2009 11:25:57 AM
  • TIME2BHAPPY
    Great ideas if you have older children. - 6/6/2009 1:36:24 PM
  • Great ideas...for better health for your family and good quality time spent together as well.
    :o) - 3/8/2009 12:20:30 PM
  • These are great ideas! I am going to try these on the family. - 9/26/2008 8:04:47 AM
  • Great Ideas !!!! If only I had children to put these ideas into play. - 8/13/2008 9:58:02 PM
  • Geocaching!!!!! The best family activity fun sport.

    www.geocaching.
    com - 6/17/2008 4:32:02 PM
  • Great article. - 6/4/2008 12:47:46 AM
  • I love the scavenger hunt idea - great for younger kids and they won't even realize they are exercising - a great game to play when my son's friends come over for a playdate - too often they just sit on the couch. - 4/19/2008 1:23:26 PM
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