Summer is the perfect time to get your body back in shape. With the kids on break from school, they might want to join you in your exercise endeavors. Your little ones may not be able to keep up with your rigorous fitness routine, so we’ve got your guide for how to exercise as a family this summer.
Have a dance party
Dancing is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. Crank up the music and boogie down with your whole family. You can organize a dance battle between family members, choreograph a dance routine to your favorite song, or simply let the music take you away. Dancing increases your heart rate and serves as a great form of cardio, no matter how you choose to cut a rug.
Create obstacle courses
Allow your kids to take charge of your fitness routine by letting them construct obstacle courses and relay races. Incorporate some of your kids’ toys and different pieces of exercise equipment, such as jump ropes and medicine balls, to make this activity fun for the whole family. Obstacle courses stimulate the mind as well as the body, and they can be as long or short as you want.
Run or walk for charity
Take your family walks to the next level and do some good for your community at the same time by entering a charity walk or run. At charitable races, it doesn’t matter how quickly you finish the race or what your final time is, so they’re the perfect way to exercise as a family. Let your children set the pace and consider bringing a stroller so that you can continue the race long after they tire out.
Exercise during commercial breaks
If you want to increase your fitness level but don’t want to miss your family’s favorite TV show, consider working out during commercial breaks. Commercials are the perfect time to get in a quick bit of exercise. Some workouts, such as HIIT workouts, even recommend shorter intervals of high-intensity exercise. Your children can also participate in commercial break workouts by doing jumping jacks or push-ups.
Love to exercise but hate to sweat? Hop in the pool for some great cardio that will keep you cool as you’re burning calories. Water offers more resistance than exercising on land, and it’s easier on joints than other forms of cardio such as running or biking. Involve your whole family by diving for rings or holding swimming races.