Getting fit as a family is in these days. More and more families are choosing to take their family vacation time and make it a fitness adventure. If you’d like to take a fitness getaway with your family, here are some ideas.
There are so many lovely national parks, and nearly all of them offer beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures. Book your vacation to include the activities offered by the park, such as horseback riding, biking, and hiking. Arrange your schedule so that each day involves being physically active.
Water sports are a great way to get the whole family in shape, and they are lots of fun. Here are some suggestions:
* Water skiing can be enjoyed at lakes, rivers, and oceans. All kinds of resorts offer water skiing. Your family can spend each day doing physical activity and having fun.
* Tubing is like water skiing in that it’s often available at water resorts. Tubing involves riding in an inner tube and being towed behind a motorboat. It does not require any special skill except the ability to swim, making it a fun family event.
* Scuba diving and snorkeling are fun for families with older kids who are proficient swimmers and experienced with the water.
* Kayaking is a fun, outdoor adventure that usually involves lovely scenery as well as physical activity.
A ranch – or, more correctly, a dude ranch – is a great family fitness vacation spot. Dude ranches are deliberately planned as vacation spots, but they are modeled after traditional Western ranches. This is a fun one for horse lovers. The whole family can participate in chores and activities, and some dude ranches offer a fitness-oriented vacation package.
Turn Any Vacation into a Fitness Vacation
Think about it – with a little planning, you can arrange any vacation to have fitness at its center. Just schedule in daily activities. For example, a beach vacation can involve walking and/or running on the beach, biking, horseback riding, and water sports. A cabin getaway can involve daily hiking. Even a cruise can have fitness as its focus – most cruise ships have gyms on board, and you can make it a point to work out with your family each day.
Learn a New Activity
So you’ve never done anything like this before? Why not make it a learning experience? Find some activities you and your family would like to learn, and design a vacation around them.
For instance, maybe you or a family member have always wanted to learn how to ride horseback; plan a vacation that involves daily riding lessons. Find vacations where experts and guides are available and where the learning of the activity is the point. You don’t want to go on a learning vacation and be surrounded by others who have done this before.
A little planning and creativity can go a long way toward planning the perfect family fitness getaway.