What does your family usually do after school or during weekends? Do you take the opportunity to have some fun outdoors, or do you spend most of the time surfing the Internet and watching TV? If you answered the latter, then it’s time for a “healthy” change for the entire family!
With so many games, gadgets, and shows to distract us, most families tend to lead a “sedentary” lifestyle. They often forget the importance of exercise and physical activity. Having this in mind, we decided to put together a list of healthy and fun activities that you can do with your family.
10 Healthy and Fun Activities for the Whole Family
#1 – Dance to your favorite beats.
Who says exercise has to be boring? Bring out your old CDs, teach your kids to do the “twist” and form a “conga” line. After that, let your kids teach you the steps to the latest popular hits. Moreover, join in the Zumba craze and bring your family to a workout session nearby.
#2 – Have fun doing household chores.
If your kids see cleaning, washing, and tidying up as “chores,” they might end up as lazy and reluctant adults. So why not make a game out of these instead? Tell your kids that they can be superheroes by “rescuing” toys off the grimy floor and putting them in the toy box. Likewise, you can start a “whose is this?” game while teaching them how to fold their clothes.
#3 – Plant a garden.
Bring out your “green thumb” by planting a garden together. For sure, your kids will love digging up the soil and helping you plant flowering shrubs, herbs, and veggies. Most of all, they will gaze with wonder when the time comes to harvest their produce or see the flowers bloom!
#4 – Take “after dinner” walks.
Make it a habit to go for a walk after dinner. You don’t have to go far; simply cruise along the neighborhood or stroll to a nearby park. If you have a dog, then now is the best time to take it out for a much-deserved walk!
#5 – Work out during commercial breaks.
Transform TV-watching into a fitness activity by doing a quick workout during commercial breaks. The whole family can take turns being a “coach” who leads the exercise. Believe it or not, push-ups, squats, and “jumping jacks” are more fun when done together.
#6 – Go bicycle riding.
Bicycle riding is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. There are plenty of places around the metro where you can do this, like the Quezon City Circle, for example. There’s also the Chinese and Japanese Gardens in Luneta Park, which are great for holding family picnics.
#7 – Go swimming.
Swimming is a fun and healthy way of spending time with your family. Just head to your local community swimming pool or check into a swimming resort nearby. This is a popular activity particularly during the summer, when days are long and the weather is hot!
#8 – Join a charity run.
Almost every month, there’s a “fun run” happening somewhere, and it’s usually for a good cause. Teach your children the value of giving by joining a charity run as a family. You can even do “practice” runs during the days or weeks leading to the event.
#9 – Visit a zoo.
Children love animals, so a trip to the zoo would definitely be exciting! Head to the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, or take a trip to the popular Malabon Zoo. You can spend the whole day walking, gazing at the animals, and of course — taking pictures!
#10 – Go hiking and camping.
When it comes to outdoor activities, hiking and camping would be the “ultimate” experience. Imagine traversing through woods, shallow rivers, and rocky hills. Once you reach your campsite, teach your kids how to pitch a tent, light a bonfire, and prepare “camp food” (i.e. roasted sausages and marshmallows).
While there’s nothing wrong with playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV — let’s not forget the value of exercise and physical fitness. By engaging in the activities mentioned above, you and your family can have fun and stay fit at the same time!