YMCA of Central Ohio

Five Ways to Work Out with the Whole Family

Last month, we told you all about how healthy it is to spend time together as a family. This time, we’ll dive into some ways you can spend time together as a family while getting physical activity at the same time.

Here’s five ways you and your family can exercise together (and have fun!):

1.) Take a walk
Whether it’s with a pet, at a park, around the neighborhood, or on the walking track, walking is an easy, low-impact workout that is perfect for families to do together. Studies have found that regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Improve your balance and coordination.

2.) Go for a swim
Spend time together in the water! Water is an excellent resistant, and even just simple movements in the pool like walking or treading water can quickly burn calories. Your kids will love to splash around with you, and you’ll get the benefits of a good workout while doing so. At the Y, you’ll never have to worry about inclement weather- our pools are open year-round, so you can always take a dip regardless of the season.

3.) Play a sport
You may think this way to exercise is better fit for kids, however, instead of just watching your child play a sport, joining in and playing with them can be hugely beneficial for both parties. So, throw that football or baseball back and forth, kick around the soccer ball together, or shoot some hoops together at the Y. No matter what sport you choose, playing with your child will not only enhance their skills, but it will also create a stronger bond.

4.) Take a Group Exercise Class
At the Y, you have access to more than 600 group exercise classes weekly as a member. Yoga, Zumba, BootCamp, and Cycling are all great classes to do as a family-- there is no age restriction on who can participate in a class! The next time you are looking to switch up your workout- try a new class, and bring the entire family with you for a great time.

5.) Volunteer
Volunteering is great for your mental and emotional health- but many of our volunteer opportunities also offer a physical benefit as well. Check out some of our upcoming volunteer opportunities and bring the entire family to bond together while strengthening your community at the same time.