With so many electronic devices, video gaming systems and other sedentary activities, it can be challenging to convince your family to get out and do something active. Instead of a boring trip to the local swimming pool or gym, you can take your kids on a more exciting adventure. Each of these four activities will help the members of your family to build stamina and endurance. These activities will also challenge them physically and mentally.
Many indoor fitness centers offer vertical rock climbing experiences that help you to build stamina, endurance and strength. These places offer a variety of routes so that even beginners and young children can build confidence and skills. Rock climbing centers have their own equipment, and you will wear a harness, special climbing shoes and possibly a helmet, knee and elbow guards to protect yourself. Another person will billet you while on the ropes. You can challenge yourself vertically or try some of the more complicated routes, such as those with overhangs and tunnels.
Visits to the Playground
A visit to the playground may seem laid-back, but you can get in quite a workout if you set your mind to it. Race your kids between pieces of equipment. Turn the place into your own obstacle course, with the tire swings, climbing structures and slides as part of the game. Bring along a Frisbee or a football and play catch. Try a relay race if you’re bringing several members of your family. If you have young children, bring a bottle of bubbles and take turns blowing and chasing. After a few hours of swinging, sliding, running and climbing, you will have exercised every muscle group in your body.
Ski Resorts in Utah
A family visit to a ski resort in Utah is a wonderful way to have quality time together while also building up your stamina on the slopes. Even if you have never skied before or if it has been a while, do not hesitate to hit the slopes. Be sure to check the Utah snow totals a day before hitting the slopes. That way, you can anticipate how to acclimate your skill set to the available powder on any given day. The instructors can give you a lesson or a refresher course. There are also lessons for kids and other new skiers. Try out the easy trails first, taking your time to feel comfortable and confident on your skis. As you build skill, you can try some of the longer trails. The longer paths will help you to build stamina and endurance. If you really want to challenge yourself, skip the ski lift and use your own two feet to get up the slopes.
Hiking in Metro, State or National Parks
Hiking is a great family activity that you can do at almost any time of the year. The only equipment you need is a sturdy pair of athletic shoes or hiking boots. In the summer, be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and some sunscreen for long hikes. Layer up in the colder weather. Most metropolitan areas have a parks network with trails ranging from a few tenths of a mile to a couple of miles. If you are able to visit a state park, you will find a variety of trails, including carefully paved trails and rougher trails only marked with occasional posts. National parks have trails up to hundreds of miles long, such as the trail crossing through the entirety of the Appalachian Mountains.
You can keep your family active by switching up which activities you do. Add in one or more of these activities every month. As you try different activities, your muscles will respond by getting stronger. Each of these activities builds endurance and stamina that will help you and your kids to build solid athletic and sports skills.