Fun vs. Fitness: Get the Best of Both Worlds

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Sometimes it seems like you and the kids want different things. You want a solid hour for your workout while the kids are begging you to take them to the pool or to the park. You feel like you're sacrificing your time, but it doesn't have to be that way. Rather than do a few pushups and sit-ups while you keep an eye on the kiddos in the backyard, you should play, too! Here's a list of activities you can do with the family that will check multiple boxes: workout, family time and fun.

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Hula hooping: In just 30 minutes, you can burn between 150 and 250 calories. Challenge your kids to a hula hoop tournament and see who can hoop longer. Make sure that your hula hoop is a little bit heavier and a little bit bigger than your kids'. You can find one here.

Ballet class: Sign up for a ballet class with your daughter. You can burn up to 600 calories in a 90-minute class. Ballet is a great full-body workout that will improve your posture while helping you get a lean dancer's body if you can keep up with your kids! (via Live Strong)

Bike ride: Cycling puts less pressure on your joints, as opposed to running, so you can go harder longer. Just biking at 10 miles per hour can burn up to 47 calories each mile. If you and the kids can kick it up a notch and keep a steady pace at 14 miles per hour, you can burn up to 58 calories each mile. So mount up and hit the bike trails for an easy way to get fit and have fun with the family! (via Live Strong)

In the park

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Jump rope: According to WebMD, you would have to run at least an eight-minute mile to burn the calories you would if you jumped rope. Just 15 minutes of jumping can burn off the calories from the candy bar you ate after lunch. Make it a competition with the kids and try different moves to make it a little more challenging.

Hopscotch: Just 30 minutes of hopscotch burns over 200 calories. Grab the chalk and head outside for a good hour of hopscotch. Throw in a few variations like if you step outside of the box, you have to do 20 jumping jacks. Who knew a box of chalk and a rock could make a great workout?

Indoor rock climbing: One hour on the wall can burn between 600 and 800 calories. Climbing is a kick butt, full-body workout and challenges you physically and mentally, helping you tone and strengthen your muscles. Plus, your little monkeys will have a blast, too! (via Fit Day)

Roller skating: According to Self, roller skating for 30 minutes can burn 250 calories. It's easier on your joints and knees but still gives you all the cardiovascular benefits of running. Go back in time to the days of roller skating rink birthday parties and take the kids with you for a day of fun and fitness!


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Frisbee: All you need is a Frisbee and the family for a calorie-burning day at the park. One hour of a gripping game of ultimate Frisbee burns over 200 calories. (via Shape)

Playtime in the pool: Instead of laying out while the kids splash around in the pool, join them for a good hour of relay races. Set up obstacles with pool noodles and rafts and challenge them with tasks to see whose team finishes first. An hour of swimming in the pool burns more than 400 calories!

Canoeing: Canoeing and kayaking serve as hardcore upper body workouts that can burn up to 700 calories per hour. This is the perfect activity for a special weekend. Load the family into a canoe or two, start paddling, have fun and get fit.

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