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Budget-Friendly Summer Activities That Help You Lose Weight Kids Love Them Too!

Bike ride around the neighborhood

With more daylight, this is an after dinner activity you can plan on the fly. It gets the family moving, out of the house and provides a full body workout.

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Getting the whole family together this summer is a great way to create special memories and stay fit. With all the beach outings, park picnics and backyard barbeques, when do you have time to hit the gym and burn off those extra calories?

Bounce houses, indoor trampoline jump centers and rock climbing walls

Turn your family activities into a fun way to exercise together! Check out these budget-friendly or free activities that are fun for parents and gets your child’s creative juices flowing.

up at the beach, park or in your backyard. Create a course, organize teams and even place some obstacles along the way (filling up a bucket with water or sand) for a more challenging race. Fit Tip: Combining cardio and interval training helps you burn calories even after your workout.

Fit Tip: Cycling builds strength and muscle tone, burns calories, improves coordination and reduces stress.

Kids love to climb and jump on mostly anything! Give them a way to get out their energy and have a blast at a jump center or rock climbing wall. They’ll work up a sweat and tell their friends about it. Fit Tip: Rock climbing builds upper body strength, improves balance and increases teamwork and confidence. Jumping is a

cardio workout that improves your heart health, balance and coordination.

Go for a swim

Go for an evening swim to socialize with other families, play with the kids and get fit. Fit Tip: Swimming increases muscle tone and strength, improves flexibility, burns calories and improves breathing functions. When making weekend plans, use these ideas as a guide to enjoy the beautiful weather, create family memories and shed a few pounds!

Backyard softball

Family Fun Activities That Count as Exercise

The activities below won’t break the bank and are guaranteed to bring lots of fun while working up a sweat! Plus, they’re ideal for working parents and make great weekend plans.

Starting a game of softball is easy and requires no advanced planning. Grab a ball, bases and your kids, and then have a ball! Fit Tip: Running will increase your heart rate and begin burning fat.

Relay races

Races are an exciting and fast-paced activity for small or large groups and can be set

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