Get moving!   

A healthy lifestyle includes an emphasis on fitness, which is more than just a trip to the gym! Here are a few activities you and your family can enjoy together to get you up and moving, and focused on healthy living! 

  • Play tag or hide and seek
  • Toss the football
  • Play ultimate football (Make teams and see how you can move the ball up to your goal line by simply doing several passes in a row back and forth. Other team tries to intercept.)
  • Play soccer
  • See who can shoot 10 basket ball baskets first
  • 1-on-1 (or 1-on-2 or 1-on-3 or 2-on-2, any configuration that works for your family) basketball
  • Relay races
  • Go grocery shopping together as a family and cook a healthy recipe
  • Go on a hike at the Cedar Hill State Park or Dogwood Audubon Center
  • Go on a bike ride on the Red Oak Creek Trail
  • Roll down a hill and then run back up
  • Go swimming at Crawford Park Pool
  • Squirt gun/water balloon fight
  • Go for a walk around your neighborhood
  • Create an outdoor obstacle course
  • Jumping contest
  • Jump rope solo
  • Jump rope with two swingers holding the rope
  • Hoola hoop
  • Play Simon Says
  • Play volleyball
  • Run around with your dog
  • Play Follow the Leader
  • Play Hopscotch (Hint, very creative hopscotch courses are fine!)
  • Go on a canoe ride or kayak at the Cedar Hill State Park
  • Rollerblade
  • Family running
  • Rollerskate to disco tunes at the Cedar Hill Roller Rink
  • Plant a garden
  • Weed the garden
  • Rake the yard
  • Do wheelbarrow races: Hold your children by their legs, standing behind them and have them try to walk using only their arms
  • Dance
  • Follow the leader dance
  • Clean the house together as a family
  • Play baseball 
  • Play Eskimo baseball (instead of a diamond, run between two lines back and forth after hitting the ball.)
  • Catch leaves in the autumn
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Learn martial arts together (register for a class at the Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center)
  • Play charades
  • Skip rocks over a pond or lake at one of the Cedar Hill Parks
  • Go on an early morning walk
  • Play leapfrog
  • Go on a scavenger hunt around the house and yard
  • Spin until you’re dizzy and then do 50 meter dash
  • Throw a Frisbee around
  • See how many times you can throw Frisbee around family circle without dropping it
  • Cartwheel competition. Race with cartwheels. See who can do the most in a minute. See who can do the most period.
  • Play ultimate Frisbee. (Try to score a goal by passing frisbee as you run up the field towards your goal line. Other team tries to intercept)
  • Lie on the ground with your baby and imitate everything your baby does (great Yoga stretch, trying to eat your foot!)
  • Put your baby in a Snugli baby carrier  or simply hold them close to you and dance with your baby to the music together.
  • Hop on one foot. Race hopping on one foot. See how far you can go hopping on one foot.
  • See how far you can jump.
  • Family tug of war. Tie rope around your waists and pull in opposite direction. See who can get to their line first.
  • Play balloon volleyball in the living room.
  • Play the Blob tag – once “It” tags someone, then that person becomes “It” too.
  • Create a balance beam or tight rope between two trees just 6 inches off the ground and see if you can balance and walk.
  • Clean the house with music blasting.
  • Turn your children into free weights and lift them up and down. (Even more challenging since free weights don’t wiggle!)
  • Play human bowling ball: Parent rolls on ground lying straight and children jump over you.
  • Have a two-legged hopping race.
  • Go sock-skating. Put on socks and skid across vinyl or wood floors. Put on music for extra momentum!
  • Explore a new park in Cedar Hill