Fitness does not have to involve going to a gym and working out with weights or running on a treadmill. There are a variety of activities outside of the gym that are both fun and fitness oriented. Sporting activities are one example of a way the family can spend time together and get a great workout as well. You donâ€™t have to be a professional or even bring your â€œAâ€ game, just as long as youâ€™re willing to get involved and have fun. Letâ€™s look at a few sports that will keep your family active and happy. Volleyball â€“ This sport can be fun whether you set up a net in the backyard or get a game going on the beach. Volleyball is a wonderful sport for your overall health because it strengthens muscles in your arms and legs, allows for better hand-eye coordination, and increases your energy level. You burn a ton of calories and is a great way to tone and tighten those problems areas you may have. The whole family will get a great overall workout and walk away feeling strong and energized. Golf â€“ There are numerous benefits to playing a round of golf, especially if you decide to forego using a caddy and a golf cart. Generally 18 holes of golf would be around 5 miles if you walk the whole distance. This is a way to get a great cardiovascular workout, all while taking in the beautiful scenery on the golf course. Unless you and your children are avid golfers, it may be easier to choose a round of miniature golf instead, but you still get the benefit of walking the course, swinging the club, and consistently moving while you play. Tennisâ€“ Playing a game of tennis can be as moderate or intense as you choose. Your reflexes, speed, and agility will be put to the test and you will burn a huge amount of calories during this aerobic workout. Hitting the ball back and forth to your children is a great way to work your arm and leg muscles. This is especially true if your children donâ€™t hit the ball directly back to you and you find yourself jogging to chase it around the court. Tennis is a great overall workout and is a perfect way for a family to get their game on and show their skills. Playing sports as a family is a great way to build character and teach your kids to work as a team. Working together can strengthen relationships and form a bond that canâ€™t be broken. Playing sports with your children is also a way to build their confidence, self-esteem, and sportsmanship. The values and skills learned during this time is something that wonâ€™t be easily forgotten. Playing sports as a family can instill positive habits that will have a lasting effect on your relationships both now and throughout life.
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