Today kicks off our three-day celebration of Great Outdoors Month. The month of June is ideal for a variety of fun, family activities.
USA TODAY is acting on the scary truth that only a third of Americans now meet the government’s minimum guidelines for physical activity, which are at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity activity for adults and one hour a day for children and teens. To help families meet and exceed the requirement and have fun doing so, USA TODAY has launched its first Family Fitness Challenge.
Top national health and fitness experts developed fun and active ideas for the challenge. USA TODAY invites their readers to use the ideas, create their own adventures, and then share their experience with others at dietchallenge.usatoday.com. Every week for the next two months, they will feature stories about how USA TODAY readers and their families put their challenge ideas into action.
Family Fitness Challenge ideas:
Week 1: Take an active staycation day.
Work with your family to plan a one-day active staycation — a low-cost vacation day near home. Make it a day of physical activities: Go on a hike at a nearby park or through a city you’ve wanted to explore. Visit the local rec center to play miniature golf, take a yoga class, swim, play tennis, run, lift weights.
Week 2: Stage a sports competition.
Split the family into two teams and host a day of friendly competition in several games and sports — table tennis, relay races, basketball, swimming.
Week 3: Go retro active.
Spend an hour every night for one week doing an old-fashioned physical activity together that someone in the family has never done before.
Week 4: Give dance a chance.
Figure out a dance the entire family can learn and practice it all week. It might be the waltz, line dancing, foxtrot or salsa.
Week 5: Set the stage for fun and games.
Put together an activity area and then spend an hour or longer each day for a week there with your kids.
Week 6: Go on an active scavenger hunt.
Plan a one- to two-hour scavenger hunt. Be as creative as possible. You can explore a nearby park, your home, the woods, the mall — even the grocery store.
Week 7: Indulge your inner child with a play date.
Go to a nearby park or playground and let loose.
Week 8: Go Camping.
This can be an overnight trip or a day trip in your backyard or on your deck or even inside the house.
*From June 28 to June 30, we will be updating our Twitter and blog with interesting facts and fulfilling summer activities to provide you with resources to fuel your adventurous side.