Summer is finally here, and warm weather along with it! It’s a season that doesn’t last nearly long enough, especially if, like me, you live in a northern climate. Unfortunately, in this day and age, with the internet constantly calling to us and our lives always in motion, it can be easy to forget to make the most out of our days in the sun. If you’re looking to get your family outside this summer, here are some quick and easy tips you can implement to get the job done!
Start a Fitness Challenge
Fitness challenges are a sure-fire way to get your family up and moving. Everyone likes a little competition, and if you throw a small prize into the mix you’re liable to get even the fitness-haters on board. Try buying apple watches and nice leather watch straps for your whole family so that they can accurately track how much they move throughout the day. Many of the newer apple watches have ways to track not just steps taken, but also strokes in the pool or lake so that your family members can keep track of their entire fitness regime.
Make it Easy
If you have young kids, it can be hard to get them outside because of the amount of effort that it takes to keep them entertained. Make it easy by keeping a selection of outdoor-only toys in a tote bag by the door. If your kid is at an age where you don’t want them crawling on the ground, you can also tuck a little infant tent, play mat, or blanket inside the tote bag. This strategy works two-fold: It gives you an easy grab-and-go option if you want to get outside, and it also makes going outside a special treat for kids who have access to toys outside that they don’t have access to while inside.
Go New Places
When we were kids, it was enough for our parents to tell us to go outside and play, and we could be entertained for hours. Today’s kids are harder to entertain. With television and video games at their fingertips, they’re used to being entertained, not to entertaining themselves. As parents, if we want them to thrive outdoors, we need a little extra creativity. Try going places with your kids, such as to a water park or to a campground. This gets your kids outside while also introducing them to new experiences.
Getting your family outdoors during the summer can be a challenge. It takes a little effort, but it’s worth it if it means you’re getting the Vitamin D and family time you need and deserve.