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How to Stay Active as a Family This Summer

Summer is a great time to get the family moving and active! With the warm weather, long days, and plenty of sunshine there are many activities that families can do to stay active. While it may require a little planning and potentially some rearranging of busy Summer schedules, the time taken to enjoy a fun physical activity with the family will not be wasted. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities or something fun to do indoors, here are some ideas on how your family can stay fit this summer:

1. Take a walk or bike ride

Going on a leisurely stroll or biking around your neighborhood is an easy way to get the family outside and active. Make it more interesting by taking turns exploring different routes, and make sure to stay hydrated with water!

2. Have a family-friendly game night

Combining physical activity with friendly competition may be a great way to get the family moving. Set up an obstacle course, have a dance-off, or just enjoy some traditional board games like Twister!

3. Take part in local events

Find out what’s going on in your area this summer and plan for it as a family outing. Concerts, festivals, and other events usually have activities to keep everyone busy and active throughout the day.

4. Visit your local park

Parks can be great places to explore with the whole family. Whether you play tag or set up a game of soccer, there’s always something fun to do while getting some exercise at the same time! You might even meet other families or friends who may want to join in on the fun.

5. Create an outdoor workout space

Set up an outdoor space for the family to get active. Whether you have a big backyard or just some open space, you can use it to set up fun physical activities like relay races, jump rope competitions, and more! This is also a great way to teach kids the importance of staying physically healthy.

These are only a few ideas on how your family can stay fit this summer. There are plenty of other ways that everyone in the family can be physically active together – all you need is a little imagination and some motivation! Remember to take breaks when needed and drink plenty of water throughout the day. With a few simple steps, your family can stay fit and have fun.  Happy Summer!

Is joint discomfort keeping you from fully enjoying activities with the family? Dr. Strasburger has over 20 years of experience as an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, and can design a recovery plan specific to each patient to help restore mobility and strength. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.

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