Are you having trouble finding a workout you can do with your whole family that’s fun and embraces the outdoors?

Make working out a family activity by creating an obstacle course in your backyard. Combine any of the obstacles below (or create your own!) and you can guarantee you’ll have a tired crew by the end of the day.

  1. Jump rope: Set a timer and jump rope as fast as you can for 30-seconds. For extra competition, count how many times you can jump.
  2. Activity cones: Set up 2 cones 20-feet apart and sprint from one cone to the other 4 times. If you don’t have cones, use landmarks in the yard—sprint from the garage to the garden or the sand box to the fence.
  3. Bean bag toss: Throw 3 bean bags into a bucket. Do 10 jumping jacks each time you miss (hopefully you have a good aim!).
  4. Hula hoop: Get your whole body moving by putting a hula hoop around your waist and “hula hooping” for 10 seconds without the hula hoop falling to the ground before moving to the next obstacle.
  5. Balance beam: Set up a balance beam with 2×4’s or wooden planks. For younger children, use chalk to draw a straight line on the driveway for them to walk on so there’s no chance of falling.
  6. Bike or tricycle: Take a lap with a bike or tricycle, and make sure to put on a helmet.
  7. Crawl: Get a full body workout by crawling through a pop-up tunnel or army crawl under pool noodles set up on buckets.
  8. Ladder runs: Place a wooden ladder flat on the ground. Run the length of the ladder as fast as you can by stepping between each of the rungs.
  9. Egg run: Put an egg on a spoon and walk from one end of the yard to the other and back without dropping the egg. Tip: Use a hardboiled egg for less mess.
  10. Sprinkler: Cool off with a run through the sprinkler or Slip’N Slide before reaching the finish line.

It’s easy to mix and match the above obstacles so they work for your family. And don’t forget to have fun!

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