Outdoor activities are a great way to fit physical activity into your day. When physical activity is fun for the whole family, everyone benefits. Don't forget to include children in the planning process to increase their engagement. Adults are encouraged to walk, run, and play with the children during the activity instead of just sitting on the sidelines. Try one of these outdoor activities to get active as a family:
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
This is a great activity that involves the whole family. It is inexpensive and can be played many different ways. Create a list of items your family can find on a walk. See how many items you can cross off on your next family walk. You may create the list yourself or try our outdoor scavenger hunt to get you started.
Create a Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course
A little chalk on the pavement is a great way to create some family fun. All ages will enjoy this activity. Design your obstacle course with a variety of fitness activities or try our sidewalk chalk obstacle course.
Play Active Games
Choose games that require catching, throwing, kicking or chasing to be more active. Capture the Flag is a great game to play with the family. This can be done with just an old towel or sock. Ask your kids what sport they like playing. Help them practice and work on their skills.
Explore the Trails
This is a great way to get active as a family. Enjoy walking, running or riding bikes. When riding bikes, set a good example by using safety gear, like bike helmets. If your community doesn't have trails or sidewalks, search for safe routes near you.
Build an Outdoor Obstacle Course
Kids love to run, tumble and jump. Put some organization to it and call it a game. This can be built with supplies you already have, or by purchasing a few inexpensive items. Choose items that will help kids learn to go under, over, around and through. Add a little competition by timing each family member. A little friendly competition is a great way to sneak in extra effort and intensity.
Teach the Kids Some of Your Favorite Active Games
Think back to what you used to enjoy playing as a child. Maybe it was Hopscotch, Double Dutch Jump-Rope, Kickball, Red Light-Green Light, Simon Says, Freeze Dance, etc. These classic games are fun for all ages and will get your heart pumping.
Be a Role Model
Show off your dance moves, model some yoga poses or teach them your favorite sport. When kids see you enjoying physical activity, they may want to try it too.
- Move Your Way, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services