Throughout my career as a mom, I’ve always kept my eyes and ears open for fun, cheap family fitness activities. I’ve become very successful at this, seeing as I had 8 kids to entertain, and of course money and time were always two things we easily grew short of. Some of the ways in which I’ve kept the group of us occupied follow.
Scooting and Skating
I’ve always been good at being able to find roller blades, or roller skates at rummage sales for our kids which were in decent enough shape to wear and use. The same goes for the few scooters we’ve had in our garage over the years. I would often gather the kids, get them laced up, buckled up, and ready to go for a family skate and scoot around the neighborhood. This was a real hoot for us, especially if we brought the family dog who also enjoyed towing one of my youngsters around.
As my 1st four girls became a bit older, usually around 10, I’d get them a decent pair of running shoes. We’d then commence on some group runs through our neighborhood or nearby paths and parks. It not only kept me in good running condition, but it also was great in kickstarting my girls’ interest in running for the cross country team at the high school level. As a result, our family has been involved in running ever since.
Especially when the girls were younger, I found jumping rope to be a great activity for not only them, but myself to get involved in as well. Nothing is cheaper than jump ropes. I always stuck with the athletic types of jump ropes that you could find at sport stores and the sports department at big box stores. These ropes always were under ten dollars and lasted well for the summer season. A good 20 minutes of jumping is equivalent to running 2 miles…another nice benefit.
What’s more fun and silly than engaging your entire family in a round of hula hooping? It’s a gas to watch your family members attempting to keep that rope up around their waists while their burning calories, and learning new tricks at the same time. I began hula hooping as a kid, and was able to keep the hoop up very well from the start. This motivated my kids to try to out do me in contests of keeping the hoop up the longest.
Source: Personal experience