With the emergence of gadgets like smartphones and tablets, it seems that family weekends are filled with video streaming and mobile games. That’s very unfortunate because that promotes a sedentary lifestyle which we all know can contribute to weakened health. So what do you have to do? It’s time to squeeze out your creative juices and think of healthy activities that the entire family will enjoy.
Best healthy activities for the family
If you are running out of ideas, here is a quick guide to kick start an amazing weekend with your family.
It’s always nice to have a backyard party. Instead of ordering pizza, ask everyone to prepare food. You can do simple ones like pasta, healthy burgers, or salad. If you have kids, include them in the preparation. They can make lemonade or simple drinks. The good thing about having a backyard party is that you take away the stress from a long week. It’s beneficial to everyone’s emotional health. Just make sure to cook foods that are healthy.
Camping or hiking
It’s time to reconnect with nature. If you must know, spending time outdoors has its health benefits as well. You get to breathe fresh air and to flex your muscles. If you go camping, you cannot just lie around. You are also forced to do things the ‘primitive’ way like fishing or chopping wood.
Running is definitely a fun activity for the entire family. If you will notice, there are a lot of running events and you should take advantage of that. Most of the time, the organizers provide medals for finishers. Your kids will have that sense of accomplishment once they finish it. It’s both good for your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Another fun activity that you can do is to organize museum tours. For some, this might seem boring. But a lot of museums now are interactive which are more appealing to the younger generation. It’s time to boost their mental health by learning new things. Let’s admit it, social media can actually make our brain rusty seeing all the fake news and superficial posts from random people.
And we are not stopping with activities that can promote mental health. Board games are actually great investments if you want to maintain a good relationship with your family. How about a game of scrabble or Clue? We’re pretty sure that everyone will have a good time – win or lose.
Asking your kids, most especially your teens to read can be challenging. However, it has a lot of benefits as well. You don’t have to force them to read an entire book. A few chapters will do. Again, this is helpful to maintain optimum brain function.
More activities to choose from…
- Clean the house
- Play treasure hunt
- Finish a hard jigsaw puzzle
- Volunteer for charity events
By now you can probably think of more fun and healthy activities for your family. The goal here is to be able to move and exercise not just the body, but the brain. And yes, you need to exert a bit of effort considering that gadgets can hook them up. But once they experience new and amazing activities, they will be craving for more.