With increasingly busy weekday schedules that force families to run in different directions for work, school, and extracurricular activities, weekends are a great time to unwind. Too often, however, family members retreat to their respective rooms, devices in hand.
Kommando Tech says people spend an average of three hours and 15 minutes on their phones every day, with Americans spending 5.4 hours a day using phones. These statistics do not include additional time that may be spent on devices such as tablets or laptops.
There is a high chance that phones are used while lounging on the sofa or bed, which has negative health consequences for many children and adults.
According to health information site Medline, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain, loss of muscle strength, weak bones, decreased immune system response, and poor blood circulation.
These fun activities can help kids and parents get off the couch on the weekends.
Take a family bike ride.
Inflate those tires and tighten your helmet chin straps. A family bike ride is an ideal activity for the family as it is something that can be enjoyed by all age groups.
Choose the pace and terrain according to the age of the youngest and/or oldest (flat and easy to navigate trails for the youngest or the oldest), and enjoy the exercise in the great outdoors.
Wash cars. It’s a grind, but it’s a grind that has the potential for a lot of laughs along the way – and maybe a foam fight. Vehicle washing is also a great way to cool off in hot weather.
Participate in sports training. Whether the kids participate in organized sports or not, set up an obstacle course or fitness circuit in the backyard. Everyone takes turns taking the course. The family can spend time together while everyone gets beneficial exercise.
Take a walking tour. Educational attractions such as museums, zoos, aquariums and arboretums are ideal to visit on weekends.
The family will see new sites and learn important information about exhibits, while walking a few miles.
Visit an amusement park. Find the nearest amusement park and take a road trip for the day. Hours will be spent walking around the park and doing thrilling rides. Consider subscriptions or discounted season passes if this is the type of activity the family plans to repeat.
Discover a driving range. Practice golf swings on a driving range or virtual driving range. Everyone can compete to see which ride is the longest.
The possibilities for physically active family engagement are endless and beneficial to the body in countless ways.