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10 Activities to Celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day
Get up and get moving! This Saturday, September 27th marks the 18th annual Family Health & Fitness Day – a national holiday dedicated to promote family involvement in physical activity and healthy living. Across the country, local organizations will host health and family fitness events at schools, parks, hospitals, malls, gyms and other community based locations. If you happen to live in an area without an event nearby, you can still participate in this fun-filled day. Try these 10 fun and healthy activities with your family!
Compete in an Obstacle Course: On your mark, get set, go! Obstacle courses are pure fun and can easily be set up in your backyard or your local park using items found around the home. You can use just about anything to create a fun obstacle course in the yard: hula-hoops, tires, ladders, pool noodles, string, rope, buckets, cones, boards…. you name it! Who says physical activity has to feel like a chore?
Visit an Indoor Rock Climbing Gym: Kids are always jumping on furniture and climbing trees, so why not put that energy into a family-fun activity? Rock climbing will teach kids concentration skills, build confidence and give your family a great workout! To find a rock climbing gym near you, check out this website here.
Go Apple Picking: Visit the apple orchard for a perfect fall day family outing. Apple picking may not seem like a typical workout, but you’d be surprised how many steps you take while walking around an orchard. Plus, it’s surprisingly strenuous, especially for little arms and legs. And even better – the health benefits continue after you go home! Fresh picked apples make a great snack and there’s tons of healthy treats you and your little ones can make together.
Play a Game: Instead of sitting home and watching football, go outside and play your own! Get all the family together and organize a touch football game. This is a really fun way to fight the lazy weekend slump and get in some physical activity too!
Organize an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Every child (even adults) love the thrill of finding hidden treasures, and what better way to get the family moving than with a scavenger hunt! Turn the activity into an educational experience by hosting it at a zoo or local nature park. Compose a list of challenges, such as finding an oak leaf, split your family into teams, then head off and see who can complete the most tasks. That’s family fitness at its finest!
Get Lost in a Corn Maze: Another great family fitness activity is navigation your ways through a corn maze! What could be more fun than getting lost in the middle of a cornfield and working together, as a family, to find your way out? With a little problem solving, you’ll walk across the finish line with a sense of accomplishment—and walk quite a few miles in the process.
Ride a Bicycle: There's a special bond between kids and bicycles that can never be broken. Bicycles represent fun, freedom, and fresh air -- everything that's good about being a kid. Spend the day biking around town or head to the nearest bike path. It’s a fun and healthy activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Pumpkin Picking: Take a trip to the pumpkin patch and enjoy a day of family fitness and fun! With petting zoos, playgrounds, bounce houses and other activities, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy. When you’re done petting farm animals, hitch a hayride to the pumpkin patch, or better yet walk, and have fun hunting for the perfect pumpkin to carve. While it may seem like all fun and games, there’s actually quite a bit of heavy lifting involved.
Play Laser Tag: We all know how much kids love playing video games, but what if they could actually participate in real life? One afternoon of laser tag can help exercise both the mind and body, not to mention you and your kids will have a blast. Now that’s what we call a win-win!
Visit a Park: Weather permitting, hiking and scenic walks in local parks are fantastic and inexpensive ways to exercise with your kids and teach them to appreciate Mother Nature up close and personal. Get outside and get your blood pumping together -- you may create some lasting memories as well as a lifelong habit of staying in shape.
However you decide to celebrate, be creative, have fun and be actively involved in your family’s health and fitness! What healthy activities will you and your family participate in to honor Family Health & Fitness Day? Share your plans below.
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