Family Exercise Ideas for Every Season

Exercise for Every Season

Experts agree about the many benefits of exercise, and exercising as a family can be a great way to get healthy and spend quality family time together. Here are some exercises you can do as a family in each season:

Winter

In many parts of the country, cold, ice, snow, and early darkness can make exercising more difficult. However, there are indoor exercise activities that can be good options. For example:

  • Walking indoors: Any decently sized indoor area can be a place to go for a walk.
  • Take the stairs: Taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator might seem like a small thing, but small things can add up.
  • Housecleaning or other chores can burn more calories than you might think and leave you with a boost in mood and sense of accomplishment.
  • Do an exercise DVD together instead of watching a movie.

Of course, cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t get outside. Here are some fun outdoor family winter activities:

  • Build a snow person
  • Go ice skating
  • Go sledding


Spring

As the weather warms, spring offers more opportunities for outdoor activity. Be sure to take advantage, and maybe try some of these things:

  • Go for family walks
  • Keep taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Wash the family cars together
  • Plant and tend a garden
  • Ride your bikes instead of driving whenever possible

Summer

Summer can be a great time for physical activity. Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a family hike
  • Keep doing family bike rides
  • Explore a new, active hobby together
  • Participate in an organized sports league or club

Autumn

The changing leaves signal winter will soon be here, but autumn is still ripe with opportunities for exercise. Here are a few ideas:

  • Enjoy the changing leaves with a fall foliage hike
  • Rake leaves together
  • Go apple picking

Come brainstorm with our Health Coach on different ideas for your family
Greg Bing, M.Ed., Certified Personal Trainer
KareBoost Health