• Amy Sotis

Run. Hike. Plank. Ski. Wrestle. Swim. Climb. Jump. Skate. Are you tired yet?


Overcoming inertia toward a couch and moving your body daily may seem like a given to you OR it may seem like an impossible task. I have no idea where you are coming from, but I'm aiming to provide a spark toward getting you more active this spring/summer. The following is a list of actual activities myself, my husband, or one of my three sons have done in the past couple of years. Whether you have a lot of energy or a little, I promise that you'll be tired by the time you finish this list! No one needs to be reminded that exercise is an integral part of your health - its just a matter of finding things you actually enjoy doing. If you feel that exercise is a burden, you won't be in it for the long-haul with consistency. Enlist your family members or go by yourself - find what you love to do by trying something new! Parents and kids can exercise and be active together. Patiently ignore the naysayers and keep your attitude positive and the kids just might follow in your footsteps. If you act like its normal to do push-ups at the playground instead of sitting on the bench looking at your phone, then your kids will too!

Here are 80 ideas for you to consider...

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Hiking

Hiking at Interstate Park

Biking with Friends

Planking Challenges

(who can hold the plank position the longest)

Babies_can_plank_too

Skate Parks

Skateboarding

"Drop Down and Give Me 20"

Random Indoor Pushups

Trampolines

Hula Hooping

Ziplines

Walking

Road Biking

Birthday Push-ups (# of years old = # of push-ups)

Pictured here is my husband's 41 birthday push-ups while at a park with friends

Birthday Pushups

Ninja Warrior "course" in the basement if the weather is bad

Ninja Warrior "course" at the park if the weather is good

(let the kids make their own course and then join them and time yourselves)

Playing at the Park

Triathlon (traditional): Swim, Bike, Run

Triathlon

Road Biking for a Date

Triathlon (adventure): Bike, Kayak, Run

Kids version and Adults version

Adventure Triathlon

Soccer Tournaments

Treadmill for a Cold Day

Treadmill

Fat-tire Snow Biking

Weight-lifting with Unusual Items

Rock Climbing

Waterpark Play

Arm Wrestling Competition at Birthday Parties or Kids Sleepovers

Obstacle Course 5K Race

Paddleboating

Polar Plunge (jumping in to an almost-frozen lake)

Polar Plunge

Family Fitness Races (Wheelbarrow, Three-legged race, Lunge-walking, etc)

Special-event Bootcamp Workouts at the Fitness Center (Thanksgiving, New Year's, etc)

Rock Climbing Walls

Kids Running Race

5K Race

Tag

(good, old-fashioned, inexpensive exercise)

5K Race as a Family

10 Mile Race