Family, Fresh Air, and Fun

The family that hikes together grows healthy together! The family that hikes together grows healthy together!

Get Out, Get Fit! Summer provides some great opportunities to get out and get fit. Check out these family fitness tips from USAF FitFamily:

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Grab a trail map and head for the hills. The family that hikes together grows healthy together! Don't forget to bring water and healthy snacks if you plan to hike for more than one hour.

Pull a Fast One!

Bring a long rope and play an old-fashioned game of Tug-of-War. Before you leave home, measure the rope and tie a colorful rag at the center point. When you get to the park, find a large area and make a line in the dirt. Then divide your group into sides and have each group hold an end of the rope. Place the center of the rope on the line and say “go!” When one team is pulled completely over the center point, they have lost.

Red Rover and Out

Divide into two teams of equal strength and size and have them face each other. Each team should stand side-by-side, holding hands. One team yells, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (a person from the other team) over,” at which point the identified person tries to run through the opposing team’s line. If they break through the other team’s line, they can choose a person to take back with them to add to their team. If they don’t break through, they have to join the other team. The winning team has the most members.

Make a Difference!

Bring along garbage bags and work gloves and pick up trash during your park visit. Set aside 10 minutes of every hour you’re there to make the world a cleaner place as you walk, swim, hike and relax.


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This article originally appeared on USAF FitFamily©, a publication of the U.S. Air Force. Republished with permission.

USAF FitFamily©

USAF FitFamily© is a web based goal incentive program. Families have the opportunity to set goals and monitor their progress. The FitFamily website provides resources, ideas and goal setting tools to help Air Force Families be active, make healthy nutrition choices and have fun in an effort to promote overall wellness. FitFamily is open to all active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, DoD and civilian families.

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