Weekend Workouts for your Whole Family
By Ali Struhs
When the weather is chilly, it’s easy to feel cooped up inside with the family on the weekend. Rather than sitting on the couch watching movies and snacking on whatever is in the pantry, get the family working out with you.
Jenny Craig recommends moderate exercise for 30 minutes, 5 times per week. From carving the slopes to climbing a rock wall, here are several ideas to get your activity time in with the whole family involved!
If your city has an outdoor ice rink or an indoor hockey rink, check when the next open skate session is and take the family for some fun on the ice. Admission and skate rental is usually just a few dollars. Moderate ice skating can burn around 460 calories per hour, even if you’re not spinning and practicing double axels. Warm up afterward with hot chocolate for the kids and a steaming cup of tea for yourself.
Hit the slopes for a day in the powder. If your family has never skied before, sign everyone up for a lesson. Not only will it bring your family together as you watch each other try to gracefully get down the bunny hill, but you can burn around 400 calories per hour too. You may just discover one of your kids is the next great champion skier!
It’s not exactly pool weather outside, but you can still put on your bathing suit and head to the indoor pool for some laps and splashing with the family. Pretend it’s summer and bring healthy snacks, like Jenny Craig’s Ranch Snaps and fruit, and your favorite beach towel. Swimming, while a low-impact exercise, is great for the heart! Hopefully there’s a hot tub to warm up in after your workout!
Move the coffee table, crank up the tunes, and get moving! In preparation for a family dance party, allow each family member pick their two favorite songs and create a playlist. Then, turn up the jams and pretty soon you’ll notice everyone sweating, dancing, and, of course, laughing and having fun in your living room. Dancing not only burns calories, but also improves balance, coordination, and can boost your mood.
If your family is feeling adventurous, take them to a rock climbing gym to try their hand at scaling a wall. Many climbing gyms offer family nights on the weekends for beginner level rock climbers with guided climbing available. You won’t have to purchase and bring any special equipment with you, as rock climbing gyms provide the harnesses and ropes you need to climb and belay with your whole family. You’ll be toning your muscles while bonding with your kids!