Exercise. It isn’t a loved word, at least in my opinion. But it is necessary in order to be healthy, move without your bones cracking [more than normal] and to keep up with your family. But if your family is anything like mine, we are huge hermits.
The only type of physical activity that we enjoy is walking around the house grabbing snacks as we sit back down to watch our netflix and shows on the weekends. Now that sounds amazing. It is your day off and nobody is working and nobody is at school, what could be better? Moving.
Yes I know it sounds like the last thing you want to do, especially as a family, getting everyone up and ready and out the door then engaging in an activity sounds like a lot of work.
But you aren’t only getting exercise but you are also spending quality time as a family.
There are many fun things you can do as a family that include exercise and spending quality time together.
Get outside after dinner or before bed to relax yourselves by walking. Engaging in family walks also encourages conversation which is so important.
Kitchen dance party: Probably my favorite. We can listen to what we want and hang out cooking and dancing. My kids always act like they are too cool but when they let that guard down they have the best time.
Yard work. Okay so this one sounds like a chore and well, it kind of is. But at my house my kids love helping me out with weeds and raking. Make it a game or a challenge to mix it up and make it sound more exciting.
Gardening once or twice a week. This one is fun because you can really hang out, spend time together and grow things together. Last year we all worked in the garden every day in the spring planting our herbs and vegetables. Gardening is also great because you are teaching about growing your own food as well as exercising and chatting all at once.
Walk the dog together. Even if you do not have a dog I am sure you have plenty of neighbors that would love a helping hand with their pup. This gets everyone out of the house working together to walk the animal as well as teaches the kids responsibilities and how to be helpful to your neighbors.
Charity event. There is almost always a walk or run event for a charity either in your town or a town close by. Check it out and get the family in on a run together. It makes for amazing memories as well as helps out a great cause.
Carve out time each day or week to play outdoors. This can be throwing a ball in the backyard, playing soccer, tag or even a nerf gun war. Make it fun and keep everyone active.
Bike rides. Grab your helmets and get outside. Bike riding as a family is so fun and you are all moving quite a bit!
Remember just because it includes physical activity you are doing so much more than working out. You are creating memories and building relationships in the home and if your family is like mine, you’ll know kids tend to not want to hang out as they get older. So make it fun and who knows, maybe they will start to suggest fun things to do as a family.
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