When you have a family sometimes it feels like you have to choose between getting in a workout and spending quality time together. Today I am sharing my favorite ways to combine fun and exercise with Family Fitness Challenges!
How to Organize a Family Fitness Challenge
Ready to get fit and have tons of fun with your family?
Well, then you are in the right place!
Here are the steps to get started:
1) Decide on a fitness goal
This part is totally up to you. Choose a fitness challenge below that meets the needs of your family. From beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone.
2) Hold Each Other Accountable
A little friendly competition is always good, but accountability is about cheering each other on and working together. Use the power of strength in numbers to stay motivated and making progress toward your goal.
3) Choose a reward
No challenge is complete without an prize! As a family decide if you want to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes or choose a group prize for anyone who completes the challenge. Some few examples of group prizes would be a family trip, a nice dinner at everyone’s favorite restaurant.
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A few more ideas to help your family get fit together:
Commercial Break Workout Challenge
Before you all sit down to enjoy your favorite television show make a quick list of 5-8 exercises. Our go-to list usually includes jumping jacks, burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping rope and squats.The “leader” shouts the name of the exercise and everyone gets started when the first set of commercials come on.Each family member counts their own reps and the winner is the one who has completed the most when the scheduled television show returns. Whoever wins gets to be the “leader” for the next commercial break.
Trampoline parks are popping up everywhere. Check online and I bet there is one near where you live. We have to drive a few towns away to get to ours, but it’s so much fun that it’s definitely worth the drive. This fun filled family activity will leave you exhausted after an hour and your face muscles will be cramping from all the smiling. Seriously, you can’t jump on a trampoline without smiling….try it!
Family Dance Contest
This activity is an oldie but a goodie. Turn on your favorite station and GET YOUR BODY MOVIN’!!!! This could be a fantastic kick-off to Friday Family Movie Night, or a boredom buster on a Sunday afternoon.The best part is that your kids will get their wiggles out (so they actually sit still during the movie) – and you get to check “cardio workout” off of your to-do list!Now that is a win-win! Here are a few of our favorite Pandora Stations that will get even the most reluctant toes tapping:
- Kidz Bop Radio
- Family Country Radio
- Boy Bands Radio
- Malt Shop Oldies Radio
Speed Cleaning Cardio Session
You can come up with your own guidelines but this is was it looks like in our house:
- Turn on some really great music (we recommend see Pandora Stations listed above)
- Set the timer on the oven (or phone) for 30 minutes
- START Cleaning!
The rules are simple – no one stops picking up, putting away, sweeping, mopping, dusting until the timer beeps. If you do…no more electronics for the rest of the day. You worked up a sweat AND cleaned the house in 30 minutes! There have been times that the timer beeps and nobody notices because we are having so much fun.
Way better than a housekeeper (or at least that is what I tell myself).
Car Wash Cardio
I remember being a kid and begging my mom and dad to let me wash the cars.
There is just something about a hose and a bucket full of soapy water that screams fun for the entire family.
In order to make washing the car count as exercise be sure to include as many cars as possible. Maybe even ask the neighbor if they need theirs washed too. Use a timer and see if you can get the entire car washed in 15 minutes. Super bonus if you bust out the car vac!
With this activity each piece of equipment because an “event” and each family member becomes an Olympian. Practice your best dismount from the swings, show off your equestrian skills on the merry go round, or race across the monkey bars for the best time.
Sure, other parents might stop and stare, but they are just jealous of how much fun you are having and how many calories you are burning!
I am sure you will find these Family Fitness Challenges are so much fun!
Looking for more easy ways to have fun as a family? Check out the “family life” section of our site!