At Resurgens Orthopaedics, we believe that strong, healthy families are the cornerstone of a thriving community. Doing things outdoors with your family is not only a great way to bond with them, it could also help you get in shape and strengthen your cardiovascular system, potentially preventing you from developing serious health problems in the future. Here a few suggestions for fun, outdoor activities you can do with your family to stay healthy.
Go for a Hike
The great outdoors are calling; will your family answer? Here in Georgia, we’ve got so many incredible outdoor spaces for you and your family to explore, so why not take a hike together? From mountains to lakes to vast forests, Georgia has enough out-of-the-way places to last you a lifetime. You’ll get some fresh air, burn a few (hundred) calories, and being out in nature provides ample opportunity for you to teach the kids about all the wonderful plant and animal life they may not have noticed before. In addition, getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city or suburbs is an excellent way to de-stress.
Canoeing, Kayaking, or Tubing
According to the Wild & Scenic Rivers Council, the State of Georgia has nearly 70,000 miles of rivers for you to explore with your family. Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to get out there! Your kids will love spending a day on the water and engaging in active hobbies can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. You can also bond by teaching them important life skills like fishing, outdoorsmanship, or orienteering while you have fun together in the outdoors.
Go to the Dog Park Together
Your family doesn’t just include its human members; your furry family members need attention too and caring for them together can help you build strong family bonds. Your pooch will be thrilled to spend the day playing with other dogs while you and your family can get some exercise together. As a bonus, dog behaviorists believe a dog that gets plenty of exercise is also a well-behaved dog, so taking them out for frequent walks can cut down on annoying behavior problems.
Start a Garden
You can spend time outdoors even if you’re a homebody! This year, consider starting a garden you can tend together with your family. The kids will love learning how to grow their own food and the adults will love the reduced grocery bills. Not only that, but your garden will give you plenty of exercise and lots of nutritious vegetables to eat when dinner time rolls around.
No matter how you decide to spend the day outside with your family, you’ll be certain to reap the benefits that come from being active outdoors together. You’ll be happier, healthier, and feel closer than ever before!