This winter was brutal on us here in the Poconos, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting outdoors for some spring family fitness activities! I’ll admit, I slacked on keeping my son active during the winter. He spent most of the season tucked warmly away with his computer or video games, drinking his favorite TruMoo Chocolate Milk to keep him fueled.
We had record-breaking dangerously low temperatures this year, so even when he wanted to go outside and play, I had to tell him no. Now that spring is FINALLY here I just want to get out and do something fun! The problem? I have a lot of back problems. Running marathons or climbing mountains- while I’d love to try them- just aren’t in our future.
The other problem? Jacob has gotten so used to staying inside playing video games over the winter that getting him back outdoors is a bit of a challenge. So I’ve come up with a few fun family fitness ideas for spring that I’m hoping will be both easy on my back AND fun for my gamer son.
Spring Family Fitness Activities for Gamers
Laser Tag- Jacob and I played this for the first time at an indoor play place. He beat me by a long shot, but we both had a great time. I was surprised at how active the game is, yet how easy it was on my back. You run quite a bit and get your heart pumping, but if you’re like me and need breaks, you can hide behind some sort of obstacle to catch your breath or take a break. You can also buy your own gear and create your own “arena” at home.
Go-Kart Racing- If your kids love the video game version, take them go-kart racing! I did some research and it’s actually quite a workout. Just make sure you choose a track that is designed for families and not competitive racing. Make sure you outfit your family in protective gear.
Super Gamer Obstacle Course- You know all those casual endless runner games that our kids love to play? The ones where you basically just run, jump, dodge obstacles and try not to get hit by subways? Recreate it in your backyard! Minus the deadly subways, of course.
Set up an obstacle course with materials you already have: cardboard boxes, sidewalk chalk, etc. Rather than have a finish line, though, see how long your child can “endlessly” run the course without hitting an obstacle. Just create the course as a circle. When they pass by an obstacle, move it to a slightly different position. You can also use a clothesline to add soft floating obstacles (like a hanging curtain to duck) or powerups (such as an extra “life”).
Geocaching– Geocaching is like a worldwide treasure hunt. Just about every town has at least one cache. All you need are the coordinates and a GPS tracking app. This is easy on your back because you’re walking at your own pace and you can choose cache locations with easy terrain. It’s fun for kids because they’re hunting for real treasure. It’s like taking a walk, but with a real purpose!
These are just a few fun spring fitness activities that even your technology-loving gamer kid will enjoy. It’s a win-win situation when you can make your kids happy AND keep them healthy. Since I have back problems and a family history of degenerative bone problems, it’s really important to me that Jacob stay active and build healthy bones.
In addition to getting him physically active, I’m faced with the challenge of giving him the right nutrition to keep those bones healthy. He’s an incredibly picky eater. Thank goodness he LOVES milk. His favorite is TruMoo Chocolate Milk. When he asks for milk, he actually says “Can I have some TruMoo?” I love TruMoo Chocolate Milk because just one glass has the same amount of calcium as five cups of broccoli! It also has as much potassium as a small banana. Considering my son won’t touch either of those foods, that’s a huge deal to me. Plus it has other important nutrients, like Vitamin A and D, and protein. It’s the perfect drink for after your family fitness activities!
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What fun family fitness activities do you do in spring? Tell us in the comments!