So you finally convinced your teen to join the gym this summer and you’re thinking about getting fit yourself. Or maybe you’ve been a GoodLife Member for years and you’re happy to pass along a love of exercise to your kids. No matter which road to health you’re taking, it’s always easier to travel with friends and family. (Except that time we all drove down to Florida. That was a disaster.)
And with that in mind, here are four activities your family can have fun doing together.
As the temperature outside rises, the need to keep cool outdoors increases. The best way to stay cool and get some exercise in? Swimming! We mean more than just drifting around on an inflatable mattress. Play some “Marco Polo”. Chase each other around the pool. Make a whirlpool. The water resistance works the leg muscles and is gentle on your joints, so make sure to include grandma and grandpa.
You can’t help but have fun when you dance. Sure, you might feel some embarrassment at first. But when you’re in a group and you’re dancing to some awesome Caribbean beats in a Zumba class, the embarrassment fades fast. Plus, if you’re a teen, it’s a great way to get your parents to listen to some popular music.
Teens are great at running — you can often find them running after the school bus when they’re late and it’s already driven by. Some of our Members run in marathons, some run for a cure, and some just run because they can. Regardless of what you’re running for, it’s more social of a sport than you might think. Get your family involved. Run a relay or a 5k together.
Whether you’ve got a unicycle, a tricycle, a two-seater, a bicycle with a kiddie hatchback, or just a plain ol’ bicycle, you are already participating in one of the most trusted combinations of transportation and exercise. Take advantage of some of Canada’s beautiful parks, or one of the many biking trails throughout our cities, and go for a family bike ride. Don’t forget your helmet.