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3 Fun Ways To Keep Your Family Active on Vacation


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Family vacations are a time for good food, making memories and fun. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little exercise to the agenda. Don’t worry—we’re not talking about taking a family CrossFit class—there are plenty of fun-filled ways to stay fit while you’re away. No matter where you’re headed we have a few ideas to get you started.

At the beach…

Switch up your usual workout scenery and take an early morning yoga class on the beach. The benefits go far beyond the full-body toning. Yoga can also boost your mood and levels of relaxation. If your child is 8 years or older, they can participate in the om-inducing activity and will share in those same de-stressing side effects according to the American Psychological Association. If you’re looking for something a little more cardio-heavy, test out a new water sport like water-skiing, paddle-boarding, scuba diving or snorkeling. They all burn upwards of 250 calories an hour and are a surefire way to encourage family bonding and fun.

In the mountains…

Four words—hikes, bikes, kayaks and canoes! The mountains are a mecca when it comes to workouts that don’t feel like well…work. Explore the stunning flora and fauna surrounding you and your crew as you hike and bike through trails. All of the United States National Parks are required to have a scenic, historic or recreational trails—meaning, no matter which state you settle on for your stay, you’ll have access to a safe and organized trail to explore. For an even bigger adventure, take to the local lake, river or stream to try kayaking or canoeing. If your family is super adventurous take a guided whitewater rafting tour. Cruising through the water, no matter how calm the current, is a great upper body workout.

Exploring a new city…

Skip the taxi, train or bus tour and walk instead! You’ll be surprised how quickly your rack up miles and burn off your big lunch. Plus, walking through an unfamiliar place is the best way to fully grasp the layout and experience the town like a local. You’ll uncover hidden gems you might not have seen had you sped by in a moving vehicle. Worried a city stroll might not be enough to keep the kiddos entertained? Plan a simple yet super fun scavenger hunt. Create a list of obtainable goals for your kids like “take a selfie with a payphone,” “find a street name that begins with the letter W” or “find a playground with a slide.” You’ll keep their curiosity going and even better, keep them off their phones!

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