Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With The Whole Family

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Well haven’t we had some glorious weather lately? I’ve been out running around the lake here in Doncaster – I couldn’t believe just how many people had the same idea.

It was lovely to see families enjoying some time together as well as spending time outside instead of in front of a computer or TV screen. 

If you’re looking for things to do outdoors with your family, we have four fun ideas for you to try out this Spring time … in fact, you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t realise how many calories you’re burning at the same time!

Cycling

When my children were younger we used to spend a lot of time cycling in Derbyshire – there are a lot of disused railway lines which have been turned into cycle trails and you can usually hire your cycle and equipment from a centre when you arrive rather than having to take them with you. They have lots of different kinds of bikes available, even the kiddy trailer ones for very young children or even the family dog! 

The kids loved being out in the countryside and the lovely ice cream at the end of the journey was a great treat. There are loads of websites outlining routes available and some companies are enrolled in the Cycle to Work scheme which means you can buy a cycle through your salary and save up to 45% on the cost of a new cycle and equipment – ask your employer for details.

Calories burned per hour – approximately 380

Walking

We do have some lovely countryside and coastal paths that we can walk in the UK and we don’t need to go out and buy any fancy equipment to enjoy a pleasant stroll – a good pair of shoes is about all you need - pack up a picnic and head out with the family, you can even take the dog with you. 

Add in some fun activities like bird spotting, collecting leaves (only ones that have already fallen off the tree) – Tesco have come up with some great ideas which we love!

Calories burned per hour – approximately 190

Horse Riding

There are not many little girls who don’t dream of owning their very own pony. I was very lucky to live on a farm when I was young so I got to ride a lot until I was about a teenager. It’s a great all-round workout once you are fairly competent – a good aerobic workout as well as muscle building. 

The British Horse Society - has a database of approved riding schools but there are lots more available. It’s not a cheap hobby but there is a lot of fun to be had. Some riding schools offer camping holidays as well as ‘own a pony’ days and you can even take qualifications in Stable Management.

Calories burned per hour – approximately 265

Make Your Own Obstacle Course

You can set up an obstacle course in your local park or even in your back garden if it’s big enough. You can have lots of fun with this and it doesn’t need to cost anything either. 

Kids (and grown up kids!) love a bit of competition so use a stop watch to time everyone – you could even turn it into a full blown competition with heats – boys v girls, age groups, chosen teams etc.

On your feet

  • Set-up plastic cones (you can use tins of soup or beans or anything you can find in the garage) for a classic weaving drill
  • Walk backwards ten steps
  • Zig-zag through a slalom course of hats, shoes, or whatever else you can find
  • Walk heel-to-toe in a straight line

On your tummy

  • Crawl under a table or bench
  • Go through a pop-up tunnel
  • Lay a brush/broom across two chairs and crawl under
  • Crawl through a large box (top and bottom removed)
  • “Army crawl” across a blanket or sheet

Getting wet (if you dare!)

  • Walk through a paddling pool
  • Toss water balloons at a target (fence, tree, bucket, etc.)
  • Run through the sprinkler (This is a great course finale!)

Go on – get outside and enjoy some family fun in the sun...while it lasts!

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