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  • Jackie Madison

Rainy Day Exercise Ideas for Families



We all know the saying about spring: “April shower bring May flowers.” This spring, though, both April and May have had more than their fair share of showers. For families who usually exercise in the great outdoors, this presents a problem. It’s surprising how quickly you can lose track of your fitness regimen when you take a break for a few days.


You don’t have to let a little rain derail your health. In fact, there are plenty of fun and unique ways to enjoy a family fitness session on a rainy day. Try these ideas!


Crank Up Tunes for a Family Dance Party


If you have a family who loves to cut a rug, you’re in luck, because you can turn a simple playlist into an active workout at any time. Try taking turns with each member of the family choosing a favorite song for the playlist.


If you want to make it a bit more interesting, you could spend your dance session learning popular dances with your kids. Or, better yet, try making up dances of your own!


Stream Family Workout Videos


Technology has opened the door for many parts of our lives, and that includes our workouts. You can find streaming workout videos for anything you might want, including workouts specifically designed for the family to do together. Whether you’re in the mood for family yoga, bodyweight exercises, or cardio, you can find what you’re looking for on YouTube or other streaming platforms.


Indulge in Active Video Games


More and more video games are incorporating physical activity, and we’re loving this growing trend! It’s a great way to get active with your kids and to bond with them too by participating in something they enjoy. There are virtual reality games, dance-based games, exercise games, and more.


Challenge Each Other to Indoor Races


If your family has a bit of a competitive streak, you can turn that into immediate workout motivation by challenging each other to a tournament of indoor races. As long as you can clear enough space for everyone to stay safe, there are plenty of ways to keep it interesting.


For example, take turns with each person choosing a different motion for a race: skipping, crab walking, walking backward, carrying a ping-pong ball on a spoon in your mouth, and so on. If you want to make this an ongoing event, you could have a running tally of the winners so there’s a continuous competition.


Making the Most of Each Day


Rainy days can sour anyone’s plans if you let them, but ultimately, that decision is up to you. Finding rainy day workouts with your kids is a fantastic way to not only promote family fitness but also show your kids that there’s always a way to adapt their plans and make the most of each day.


For more family workout ideas, check out our other blogs or learn more about our Mommy and Me fitness program.


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