Playing sports is a great way to exercise and live a healthier life. Not only do you benefit from the activity, but you get to add a little friendly competition to the mix. It’s easier to push yourself more when you’re competing against your friends and family. Consider adding a regular sport to your weekly routine to improve your overall health and bond with your loved ones. Here are four types of sports your family can participate in.
You have to buy enough bikes for everyone to ride at the same time, so it may bit a bit expensive to get into if you don’t already have the proper equipment, but biking is a great family activity for exercise. You can be competitive if you want (with races, relay races, or obstacle courses), take leisurely rides around your neighborhood, or rigorous treks through the wilderness.
If your kids are a bit older, join a local cycling group. It’s an extremely social sport because you ride in large groups where you can chat and meet other people. If you live in an urban area, you may find sponsored rides around the city.
If you prefer inside games (where you don’t have to make plans around the weather), bowling could be for your family. It’s a social game; you spend most of it watching and cheering for each other behind the lane. Your skill level doesn’t matter much. If your kids are especially young, ask the staff to drop in the bumpers so you don’t spend all day throwing gutter balls.
There’s usually a bowling alley in every community. It might be a bit expensive for a family of four to play a bunch of games, but most alleys have discount nights or family specials.
You’ve probably hosted or attended a family barbeque with a volleyball net. The equipment is cheap to buy and easy to set up. A clothes line will work if you don’t have a net.
Volleyball is a great game for families because you can adjust team sizes depending on who’s available. Play three-on-three or seven-on-seven if you have the people. Add two younger kids on one side to equal an athletic adult on the other. It also doesn’t take a lot of physical ability. There isn’t much running involved if you have more than a few people.
If you’re looking for a real learning experience, your family could definitely benefit from picking up one of the martial arts. My family practices jujitsu together and we’ve found it to be enlightening and a real workout.
Martial arts isn’t just about punching, kicking, and fighting. It’s about self-control, discipline, and avoiding confrontation. Instructors will teach you how to control your body, find some inner peace and confidence, and strengthen your muscles.
Many schools offer family classes for adults and their children so everyone can practice together.
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