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5 Suggestions for Staying Fit as a Family

By Janis Meredith, USA Football, 10/14/19, 7:45PM CDT

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Contrary to what today’s fitness crazed world, exercise does not always equal competition. Your kids can learn the fun of fitness when you think outside the box of youth sports!

Sports are one way for your kids to establish good exercise habits, but it’s not the only way for them to learn how to stay fit. You can enjoy exercising together as a family while giving your children a gift that stays with them for life. Here are some ways for you to do that:

Put it on the Calendar

Be intentional about planning physical activities together. Here’s what one family did:

Our family designated time each week for enjoying a fitness activity together. The first week we found some used archery equipment and took the kids to a field to practice target shooting. They loved it! We bought guidebooks about local hiking and biking spots and let the kids take turns picking a destination. A beach walk one week was followed by a bike ride down a famous trail the next. Pickup football and volleyball games have been included, along with hopscotch tournaments, Hula Hoop contests and wall ball championships.