As you all know from our about page, we’re a family of nature lovers, wanderers and adventure seekers. We snowboard, scuba dive, snowshoe, kayak, bike, raft, climb and hike, and have done so all over this great world. We believe that staying active as a family is extremely important for health purposes and for general life purposes. Who would not want to have the opportunity to see the world while flying down a mountain on a snowboard, paddleboarding in the crystal clear ocean, or even just walking through new towns as we city hop. It’s a true blessing to have the opportunity to do what you love and staying active is one of those things. To instill this in our children, we make sure that we show them how to stay healthy, stay active, and adventure through life on a daily basis. If you are just starting out on your journey and want to start being active with your children, here are a few things you can start with:
Ride a bike
Riding a bike, or cycling is a fantastic workout and you can cover a lot of ground by doing so. Take Amsterdam, for instance, it is the city of bikes. If you travel there, pick up a bike and you will be able to see more of the city faster than you would compared to just walking. Riding a bike is an aerobic workout, so your heart, blood vessels and lungs are all working and you are improving your all-around health.
Go to a new city
I don’t know about you, but when I go to a new city, I always get more exercise compared to when I am just around the house. Our family loves to adventure and see everything there is to see, so we go, go, go on vacation and never slow down until our heads hits our pillows at night. When you go to a new city, think of fun ways that you can add activity into your day. From hiking to see the entire city to renting skates and skating through the city, there are many ways that you can see everything while staying active.
Walk the dog
If you are just hanging around the house, take time out of your day to go on a family walk with the dog. This is not only good for you, but also good for the dog in many different ways. If you are working, break your day up by taking breaks to go on a walk with or without the dog.
Do yard work
I know, I know. Who thinks yard work is fun? Probably nobody. But, make it a family activity! This will get much-needed work done around the house, it will add activity into the day, and it will also teach your kids the skill of hard work, which is always important to learn from a young age. According to Dave Ramsey, “You should view teaching your children to work in the same way you view teaching them to bathe and brush their teeth—as a necessary skill for life. An adult who has no clue how to tackle a job and finish it with vigor is as debilitated as an adult with green teeth and body odor. If your child graduates from high school and his only skill set consists of playing video games, whining, copping an attitude of entitlement, and eating junk food, you have set him up to fail.”
Paddleboarding is one of our favorite things to do when we are by the water. It is so much fun that you do not even know you are getting a workout, but balancing on a board works muscles that you do not even know you have. Of course, please keep in mind that your child has to be comfortable with water for this one. We recommend always wearing life jackets and playing it safe. If you are a beginner when it comes to paddleboarding, I recommend starting in calm water. Don’t worry about falling – that is part of the fun!
We love camping! There are so many great adventurous things to do while you camp and you can even include most of the ideas that I have listed above in your camping itinerary! Bring a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak, if you will be close to water. Fish, hunt, play capture the flag, or take a walk. Anything you do will be great.
Staying active with your family is a great way to bond, stay healthy, and have fun, but as you age, it can become harder on your body, depending on the state of your body and what you are doing. One way to make sure your body is ready to stay (or become) active is by seeing a professional. In New Jersey, there is a company called AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine. They focus on helping you achieve the quality of life you deserve by providing services like pain management, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage. If you are experiencing pain with an active lifestyle, please do not try to push past the pain. Instead, seek help to fix the issues so that you can continue living your lifestyle, without pain. Located in Monroe, NJ, AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine is family-owned and uses emerging, non-surgical treatments to provide long lasting relief.
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