Sometimes families can get so caught up in the routine of driving the family vehicle to every little event, it’s easy to forget there are other methods. You can incorporate more fitness into your family’s schedule simply by not driving as often as usual. If nearly everything’s close by, you may even be able to forgo using the vehicle very much at all.
The daily trips to school, daycare, or extracurricular activities are done via the family vehicle for a good number of people. But if those places are nearby, do your family a favor and walk instead. Just out of walking distance? Try a bike ride. Switching from riding in a vehicle to biking or walking for these simple trips can provide some great family exercise.
Is the grocery store nearby? If so, when you aren’t picking up a vehicle full of groceries, try walking instead. The family can gain an extra workout by not only walking to the store but carrying the items home in eco-friendly grocery bags. If each person carries a bag, you can actually get quite a few groceries on a walking trip, depending on how many are in your family and what they can carry.
When going on family outings, such as zoos, museums, libraries, and parks, how does your family usually get there? If you answered with your vehicle and these places are close by, your family is missing out on some extra fitness. Besides, if you leave the car behind, you don’t have to fight traffic or bicker over parking spaces. Sidewalk traffic is usually much lighter than street traffic.
Visiting grandma or Aunt Thelma? If they live within walking distance, why would you need to drive? Driving those short distance is an unnecessary cost in gas. Save that gas money for the next family road trip. Of course, if you’re feeling extra ambitious and everyone’s in good health, you just might want to hike that trip too. Did you say no to that one? Well, you can’t say I didn’t at least try. It’s the thought that counts right?