Exercises: 5 Free Ones You Can do as a Family

Exercises done as a family bring many benefits, both physically and mentally. You don’t have to spend a fortune trying to keep your family fit and healthy. While paid classes and gyms can be highly effective, there are ample free options at hand too! If you’re looking to stay fit and healthy with your family, below you’ll discover some great exercise options in 5 Free Exercises You Can do as a Family!

1. Start with Exercises like Going for a Walk

One of the best forms of free family exercise is to go for a walk together. Whether it’s a walk to your local park or whether you drive to a beauty spot and walk there, you’ll have a lot of different route options to choose from.

Going for a walk doesn’t just ensure you and the family get the exercise you need, it also has great, high-leverage emotional, and mental health benefits of relationship building. Exercising outdoors is great for the mind and body.

2. Family Bootcamp

If you’re looking for something a little more intensive, why not set up your own family bootcamp? You can either create a set routine of exercises the family has to follow, or you can set up an assault course.

You can use all kinds of items lying around the home and garden to create an indoor or outdoor circuit. Tailor the exercises to fit the age range of your kids and see how much fun everyone has! This is a particularly great form of free exercise for those who are competitive. Adding a competition element ensures everyone does their best with each exercise they perform.

3. Exercise-Based Hide and Seek

Why not give your family exercise routine a fun element by turning it into a game? You could make tweaks to the popular game “Hide and Seek” for example.

Write simple exercises down onto pieces of paper. There should be one exercise on each piece. Then, hide the pieces and get the family to find them. When they find a piece of paper, they have to carry out the exercise before looking for the next one. You’ll be surprised by how fun this activity is!

4. Host a Dance Party

If you want a free activity that doesn’t feel like exercise, hosting a dance party is a great idea. Get the family together and throw on some dance tunes. You don’t have to follow a specific routine. Just let everyone dance however they want, perhaps switch the music off and everyone has to “freeze”, and a photo will be taken!

You can also make it more fun by creating your own dance routines. You never know, you may even be able to show off your family dance routines at a party or event in the future. Why not film it on your smartphone as a memory you can store and keep for life?

5. Jump Rope

Finally, a simple and fun activity you can do as a family is jump rope. This is going to be a particular hit with the kids, but it’s super-fun for adults too. You’ll just need a jump rope and a little music if you want to increase the fun.

These are some fun, free exercises you can do as a family. So you see, you really don’t have to spend anything to keep your family (as well as yourself) fit and healthy! It can be even more fun to record your fitness too – then you’ll know you’re definitely making progress – check out our Fitness Training Journal & Log Book, and find out How Squats Can Change Your Life, out NOW on Amazon!  

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Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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