Five Easy & Fun Activities That Don’t Feel Like Exercise
February 28, 2023
Activity and movement are easy ways to help yourself live a healthier life! Physical activity is important for everyone, no matter your age. Experts recommend about 60 minutes of daily activity for kids, and between 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week for adults. And yes, an hour or more can seem very daunting. But read on – there are ways to make it fun for the whole family!
There are wonderful benefits for kids and adults:
- Maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
- Sleep better and reduce stress.
- Feel a sense of accomplishment, which can lead to an increase in self-esteem.
When families exercise together, they can develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. But exercise doesn’t have to be boring or feel like a chore! Here are a few ways to get in shape – and have fun doing it.
1. Get outside.
Visit a park, playground, or trail near you and plan a fun activity or two:
- Take a walk or go on a bike ride.
- Bring a jump rope or frisbee or play tag (no equipment needed!).
- Bring a ball and play your favorite sport.
2. Try a free workout.
Search online for fun fitness videos that you – and your kids – will enjoy. Your local park or community center may offer free classes as well.
3. Have a dance party at home.
Make a playlist and let your kids choose their favorite songs to include. If you’re watching TV, take a dance break during the commercials!
4. Set up an obstacle course or scavenger hunt at home.
This can be a great way to keep kids active – it also can be a great way to keep your kids occupied while you’re trying to cook dinner or tackle your to-do list.
5. Play an active video game!
When you find fun activities the whole family can enjoy, it’s easier to make them a regular part of your routine – and help everyone stay healthy!
Join the Step-Up Challenge!
Exercise challenges are a great – and fun! – way to get fit. PCHP members can get a FREE pedometer when they sign up for the Step-Up Challenge. Track your steps as a family and meet your walking goals for three weeks – when you complete the challenge, you can earn $30 in Parkland Health Plan Rewards.
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