To celebrate Father’s Day (this Sunday for many of our users), we’re dedicating the weekend to family fitness. Get the dad in your life outdoors on Sunday. Start the summer off healthy with a family hike, kayak adventure, rock climbing expedition, or just a walk around the block. With kids out of school, your once strict exercise schedule may start to slip, but here are some tips to encourage and include the whole family:
Be a role model
- Kids learn by example, so set a good one. If you’re eating right and exercising regularly, they’ll see the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Your commitment to fitness may even inspire and rub off on your significant other, parents, and friends.
Make exercise a team effort
Don’t let entertaining the kids replace exercise—take them with you. Spend quality family time being active outdoors. Take regular family hikes or bike rides, or pledge to go on nightly walks with the dog. Or if you prefer to run, the kids can whiz along side on roller blades. For more kid-friendly exercise ideas, check out this mom’s blog.
Take the screen with you
Peeling kids away from their favorite video game may be tough, but challenge them to rack up as many steps as they can take with the runtastic Pedometer app, or bring runtastic Altimeter on a family hike and watch your elevation climb right along with you. Our apps track time, distance, calories burned, altitude, and much more, so treat statistics like points for a new type of game.
Until June 21, runtastic app users who track a run, hike, or bike route in the shape their favorite summer activity and submit it to us are eligible for one of five $100 (or equivalent currency) debit cards. Runners up will snag runtastic t-shirts and other cool swag.
Here’s an unusual Father’s Day gift: help Dad win the contest by planning the coolest route, and going with him as he runs, hikes or bikes it. If he’s into softball, plot out the shape of a diamond. If he prefers tennis, figure out how to hike in the shape of a tennis racquet (and if you’re really dedicated, strings included!) Then, make sure he submits it to us at email@example.com.
And to our users in Austria, Germany and other countries, even though the holiday has passed, we hope you made time to get outside. If not, show Dad how special he is with a second celebration.
Happy Father’s Day!