5 Ways to Make More Time This Summer to Work Out With Your Kids

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School is out for summer. While your kids may suddenly have an abundance of free time, you are still busy with work, errands, and the business of adult life. In some ways, making time to work out in the summer is even more of a challenge than other seasons. Finding time to work out in ways that incorporate your kids can be even more difficult. Here are five tips to make time to workout this summer with your kids.

  1. Make family day physical.  Family time usually happens on the weekend. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching a movie, get out and get physical. Yard work and other outdoor projects are great ways to get out and get moving. Get your kids involved for a physical family day.
  2. Fifteen minutes of exercise for every hour of TV. Many people say they just don’t have time for exercise, but still somehow have time for TV. So make a deal with your family- if any one wants to watch TV for one hour, they have to do 15 minutes of exercise. For two hours, 30 minutes.
  3. Walking the dog can be a family affair. If you have a family dog, it probably needs to be walked periodically. Instead of making this one family member’s chore, have the whole family take a stroll around the neighborhood with Fido or Rover. Not only can this be good physical activity, it can help bring your family together through conversation.
  4. Help your kids practice their summer sports. Many kids play baseball, soccer, or basketball in the summertime. Chances are, they’re going to need to practice. You can challenge your kids to a game of hoops or simply play catch in the front yard. By turning practice time into family time, you help your kids get better at their chosen sport, and get a workout for yourself.
  5. Take a “summer day” and go on an adventure. Take a vacation day this summer and go on an adventure. Take your family hiking, kayaking, biking, or some other physical activity. Taking even one day to do something fun and outdoorsy can go a long way towards taking care of not just your physical health, but your mental health as well.

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