Get Your Fit on With Your Family

Are you looking for more creative ways to get yourself and your kids moving?  Is this quarantine getting in the way of your fitness goals?  You don’t have to be sedentary even if you’re stuck at home with the kids.  Your children are always coming up with creative ways to play, so you should too!  

Here is an obstacle course workout you can do with the kids, as long as they are able to walk. If you have at least one child to do the obstacle course with and you have one who is too small, you can use the baby as a “weight” to carry through the obstacle course!  Even if it’s not your average workout routine, this will still get you moving and having fun with the whole family!  

This obstacle course can be totally customized to suit you and your family.  It can be done inside or out, and the only equipment needed is objects you can find around the home.  So, without further ado, here’s the rundown!

Find a space you want to use for the obstacle course.  If you have bigger kids you will want more space whereas you can probably get away with just using a room or two if you have small children.  

Setup: go on a hunt with your child for objects around the house that can be used as stations markers.  Alternatively, you can create stations with your child by writing on pieces of construction paper: Station 1, Station 2, etc.  Set up the stations as far apart as you would like throughout your house or your yard.

Decide what activity you will do at each station and/or from one station to the other.  Here are some examples to get you started, but the possibilities are endless, and you child will probably even come up with more activities than you!  Take this time to let your creativity come out!

  • Bear Crawl from one station to the next
  • Bunny hops from one station to the next
  • Backward shuffle (drop your butt down a little and walk quickly backwards) from one station to the next
  • Heavy object carry from one station to the next
  • Jump over station (object)
  • Army crawl under station (rope, table, etc.)
  • Grab the flag at the end!

This is just a quick list you can use, or you can make up your own!  Allow your child to come up with some and to help you make the station markers.  Your child could even draw pictures on the station markers to show what you will be doing at that station, or you could simply write what you will be doing on the station marker.  

Get very creative with this and most importantly, HAVE FUN!  If you do an obstacle course with your child, let us know how it went, we would love to hear what ideas your family came up with!

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