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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Biking with Friends
(who can hold the plank position the longest)
"Drop Down and Give Me 20"
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
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
Road Biking for a Date
Triathlon (adventure): Bike, Kayak, Run
Kids version and Adults version
Treadmill for a Cold Day
Fat-tire Snow Biking
Weight-lifting with Unusual Items
Arm Wrestling Competition at Birthday Parties or Kids Sleepovers
Obstacle Course 5K Race
Polar Plunge (jumping in to an almost-frozen lake)
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
(good, old-fashioned, inexpensive exercise)
5K Race as a Family
10 Mile Race
1st Ever Marathon at age 40, Twin Cities Marathon
Join a Sports Team (Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Soccer, Baseball)
When your child needs to practice, put your heart into it and consider it quality time and workout time
Swimming at a Friend's Pool
Lake Sports with a Boat
Can We Go Down There, PLEASE??
Swinging with your Kids (not just watching them)
Kids Bike Race
Running Sprints at the School Track
Pull-ups at the Playground
(Monkey Bars are also very useful for upper-body strength)
Never underestimate TEAMWORK to get the job done!
Kayaking on a Lake or in a River
Nerf Gun Wars in the Yard
Birthday Party Bootcamp
Yoga in a park (walking by on vacation and I just joined in)
(Unintentional workouts are good too, and yes, I really mean chasing after the runaway puppy)
Climbing UP a Waterfall
Running or Walking Steps
(when you're the smallest, sometimes its tough to keep up)
Impromtu Pilates Workout in between Basketball Games
(yes, we did this in jeans...couldn't get the kids to join but they watched!)
Climbing and Jumping from *Small* Rocks on Hikes
Headstands with Friends
Blow-up Outdoor Waterslides
Biking Tour on Vacation
Beach Running on Vacation
Late-Spring Snowy Day Workout
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Tractor Tire Flipping in the Snow
Kids 1K Race
Parents on a Long Run, Kids Bike Next to Us
7K Race in Costume
You know, in every race, someone has to finish last. There is no shame in finishing last. At least you did it.
Last picture here, but certainly not least, is my Dad, finishing last in a local 5K race, pushing my youngest son in a stroller. 3 generations all participating in a race. None of us "won" the race, but we all WON!