Warm weather is an invitation to get into the wild out of doors and celebrate our lush, verdant environment. However, winter can leave many of us feeling stiff, droopy, and out of shape. Well, there’s hope for outdoor fun yet, try one of these simple exercises that you can enjoy with the whole family.
“Crank up the music and boogie down. Betsy Murphy of Coral Gables, Florida, holds disco nights with her four kids and several neighbors. She moves the furniture aside, fills the CD player with dance tunes, and lets the kids take turns using a flashlight as a strobe light. “They dance for three hours straight,” Murphy says. “The older ones know all the words to the songs and really dance; it’s hilarious to see the younger ones try to mimic them. Their favorite song is ‘Brick House!'”
“Each family member writes down 5 of his or her favorite bodyweight (or weighted, level appropriate) exercises, for a total of at least 20. Exercises can be dance moves, calisthenics, martial arts, anything physical that the entire family can do.
The family then goes for a walk, jog, or run and every 60 seconds, they do one of the exercises for 30 seconds. By the end of all of the exercises, it’s been a 20-minute work out! Feel free to go into overtime!”