There's a special bond between kids and bicycles. Bicycles represent fun, freedom, and fresh air —all the good things about being a kid. When you bike with your kids, you can enjoy a little bit of nostalgia and a whole lot of movement. Spend the day biking around town or head to the nearest bike path. No matter where you go, you'll get the benefit of fresh air and heart-healthy cardiovascular exercise.
Take a trip to the pumpkin patch and enjoy a day of family fitness and fun! With petting zoos, playgrounds, bounce houses, and other activities, there's enough going on to keep every member of the family active for a full day. When you’re done petting farm animals, hitch a hayride to the pumpkin patch or, better yet, walk, and have fun hunting for the perfect pumpkin to carve. While it may seem like all fun and games, there’s actually quite a bit of heavy lifting involved.
If going to a class isn't doable, you're in luck—YouTube is overflowing with yoga classes. There's sure to be one, or many, perfect for everyone in the family to enjoy. Yoga promotes two very important wellness factors: breath and flexibility. If you set the habit early in life, your kids will be more likely to prioritize fitness as they grow older.
Hiking and scenic walks in local parks are fantastic ways to exercise with your kids and teach them to appreciate Mother Nature up close and personal. Plus they're free! Get outside and walk while you talk. Tell your kids about the interesting plants you see along the way and animals that live in the area. Ask them if they can identify any of the foliage. Also, make sure to take some time to enjoy the noises of nature—birds singing, insects chirping, or water flowing.
However you decide to celebrate Family Health and Fitness Day, just make sure to use it as an opportunity for education and wholesome fun. What healthy activities will you and your family participate in to honor Family Health and Fitness Day? Share your plans with us!