10 Best Sports for a Healthy Family Lifestyle

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It’s no secret that staying active is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But what if you’re not a fan of traditional workout options like going to the gym or running? Don’t worry; there is plenty of fun and productive sports activities that families can do together!

Swimming!

Swimming

It’s a classic family pastime that has been around for decades. Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout that can be tailored to any fitness level with the bonus of being done as a group! For example, if your children are just beginning to learn how to swim, you can volunteer as their lifeguard or coach during practice. When they are ready for a challenge, you can join them in the pool for some laps.

This is also an ideal family sport if there are siblings of various ages. Older children can coach younger ones, allowing everyone to participate at their own level. Of course, this would be all the more fun if you made an event out of it – how about a family picnic at the local pool?

Basketball!

Basketball is a fun and exciting sport that can be played as a family. Whether you are playing at the local park or shooting hoops in your driveway, basketball is an activity that promotes fitness and teamwork. You can make up your own rules or follow official league guidelines to make it challenging and enjoyable for everyone involved.

A variation of this game that is a great one for little ones and can be done in the driveway or at the park is called “piggy.” In this version, you get rid of all your players except for one. That player has to try and make baskets while avoiding being tagged by the other players, who must hold hands and form a protective circle around their teammate. When their teammate gets tagged, they switch places, and it becomes the tagged player’s turn to try and score.

This one is almost too obvious, but some sports don’t get nearly as much love as they should. Basketball is an ideal game for families to play together because it requires strength, coordination, and focus. Depending on the weather, it can be done indoors or outdoors, and it’s a great activity to encourage teamwork.

Also, it’s not uncommon for family members to acquire an interest in the game of basketball on their own, even if they haven’t played together as a group. Looking to keep your children active during the winter season? Basketball is an excellent choice because it can be done inside or outside with very little equipment.

Volleyball!

As you probably know, volleyball is a pretty dynamic sport. Whether you are playing in the water or on land, there are always opportunities to challenge yourself – no matter your skill level.

If you have younger players who are still learning how to play, don’t forget about other game variations! For example, family volleyball can be played in the swimming pool with a volleyball that is smaller than regulation size. This allows more of the ball to stick above the water and makes it easier for everyone involved to score points.

Another classic summertime game, volleyball, is ideal for families with kids of different ages. If you have younger children, they can run under the net, catching balls or standing on your side, helping you place them over the net. Older kids can play offensively by spiking the ball across the net.

If you feel competitive, you can also organize a volleyball tournament among families or friends. Alternatively, if everyone is just looking to have some fun, try splitting into teams of two and competing against each other to make it more personal.

Soccer!

Soccer

What list of family sports would be complete without including the most popular sport in the world? While this might not be a sport that everyone can play, it is a lot of fun and a great way to spend time together as a family! If you want to get serious about soccer, make sure your kids have access to high-quality.

Soccer is one of my favorite sports because it can be adjusted for any skill level. Whether you’re a pro or have never kicked the ball before, this is a great sport that everyone can enjoy.

When playing soccer with kids, try using something other than a regulation-sized ball. This will help younger children who are still learning how to kick and control the ball properly.

Whether you want to play a casual game or an official match, this is a great way to spend time with your family. Make sure everyone knows the basic rules of soccer (e.g., no running with the ball, no heading the ball, etc.) and then get out there and get moving!

Running.

No list of family sports would be complete without including a little cardio. While running is not technically a sport, it’s still a great way to get your family active.

Running can work for kids and adults of all ages and ability levels – just make sure you have the correct type of footwear! First off, you should ask yourself if you want to get serious about it. If the answer is yes, make sure you invest in a good pair of running shoes and wear them whenever you run.

If your family wants to take up running simply as a way to spend time together, then it may be easier (and cheaper) for everyone involved if they all wear the same type of sneaker. While this may not be the safest option, if you are just planning on running around your neighborhood or at a nearby park, then everyone should be fine!

Running is a great way to get your family into shape while challenging them to work harder and faster. Whether you want to run a half-marathon or simply jog around the block, this is a great family activity that can be adjusted based on everyone’s ability level and amount of experience.

Dodgeball!

Surprisingly, this is not much more popular in the fitness world. Most people know that dodgeball can be a great cardio workout, but another benefit of this fun sport is its ability to build strength.

If you have children who are still learning how to throw properly, there are other options for participating in dodgeball. For instance, you can create teams designated to throw only underhand or overhand to make everyone feel like they are part of the action.

If you want to take it a step further, try hosting your own dodgeball tournament! If you can, setting up an outdoor playing area would be ideal for this type of event.

Baseball!

Baseball

I don’t know about you, but I always think of this as one of the quintessential summertime family sports. Not only does it provide a great workout to all involved, but it’s also a lot of fun and teaches children essential life skills such as teamwork and communication.

Since baseball involves a bat and a ball, it has a lot of things that can go wrong. The ball could miss the catcher’s mitt; the batter might swing and miss – if this is your child’s first time playing baseball, then it may be helpful for someone to play right beside them, so they feel more comfortable with what’s going on.

One thing I will say about baseball is that there are a lot of regulations involved with it. If you have someone who’s never played before, make sure they know the basics (e.g., how to hold the bat, where to stand in the batter’s box, etc.).

If you want to play baseball casually with your family, make sure not everyone bats at once. This is especially important if you have younger children who aren’t very coordinated yet.

This is a great way to spend time with your family and challenge everyone to get moving! If you feel like it, then play baseball for fun or take turns playing against each other. This is one of the best family sports because it’s versatile enough for everyone to enjoy!

Tennis!

For those of you who know how to play, I don’t have to tell you why this is a great family sport. For those that don’t, here are some benefits:

Tennis not only provides a great workout that can be adjusted based on physical ability and experience level, but it is also a fun way to spend time with your family. There are countless games and variations that can be played while you volley the ball back and forth.

Speaking of playing: don’t forget to keep score! We all know memories can be faulty, so it’s crucial for everyone involved to make sure they are keeping tabs on who has won each individual point, set, and match.

Tennis is another one of those sports that may not be suitable for everyone, but it’s a great workout and can be played with just the right amount of equipment. There are many opportunities to challenge yourself in this sport, such as playing doubles or competing against someone who has more experience than you.

You don’t have to play singles to enjoy the game of tennis. If you want to make it more social, try splitting into teams of two or three and then competing against each other. You might be surprised at how much fun you have playing this game with your family! 

Cycling!

Want to go on a bike ride as a family? Want to take your kids cycling with friends or their grandparents? Maybe you just want to spend some time getting out and about on two wheels.

There are some great benefits of cycling as a family – it’s good for the environment, relieves stress, and provides some fun physical activity for everyone involved. If you live near a bike trail or even if your family bikes on busy roads, make sure all members wear helmets and appropriate clothing (appropriate shorts and shoes) to help promote safety.

If you just want to cycle casually with your family, you should consider purchasing a tandem bicycle. This is perfect for families with younger children because it allows everyone to cycle together without worrying about holding the handlebars or pedaling.

This is a great way to get active with your family while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Whether you go for a casual ride during the day or take turns racing each other, this is one of my favorite sports that everyone can enjoy.

Golf

Golf

Golf is a sport that requires concentration, physical activity, and teamwork. It promotes relaxation by helping people focus on the task at hand, and it’s a great way to get out and enjoy nature while spending time with your family.

Since there are so many things involved in golf (e.g., clubs, balls, tees, gloves, etc.), it’s usually best to start by having someone play who has never played golf before. This will reduce the chances of something going wrong and will provide a clear picture of what is required when playing this sport.

If you have children who have just started learning how to play sports, then golf can be an excellent way for them to get more comfortable with the rules of the game. This is also good if your children are new to golf because they won’t have to worry about messing up.

Golf is a great way for the family to come together and share in some fun activities. If you feel up for a challenge, then take turns playing against each other or play a friendly game.

Conclusion

These are just a few examples of how you can spend quality time with your family while still being active. What other activities do you enjoy that promote health and wellness?

I hope this article has been helpful and we’ll see you next time! -Thank you for reading our blog post.

Author

  • Marcella Raskin is the founder & editor-in-chief. She is a passionate and articulate writer who has dedicated her life to studying human potential. She has studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Life Purpose Coaching, Group Life Coaching. She loves helping women (and men) explore themselves through writing, which allows for an exploration into one's thoughts on entrepreneurship or personal development topics such as mindset-shaping techniques that can positively shape someone's perspectives about themselves when they don't think it could ever happen! She practices sports and has studied Exercise Physiology. She is married and the mother of two girls.

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