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:


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


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 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


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


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