Back in the day (the 80’s and early 90’s) fun time consisted of lots of outdoor games, hanging on the stoop (NYC girl here) and laughing with friends. Yes I’m telling my age! Just think about your childhood days and how much fun you had playing outside. . The point it to have fun while burning calories. Now that I have children, sometimes the only exercise I get in is while playing games with them so we head outside and make it happen. Getting outside is one of the best ways I’ve been able to get back to my fitness goals. I still have a long way to go but I am feeling better about juggling it all and not forgetting to take care of myself. It takes time to get in a routine and sometimes I just want to workout alone but playing games while burning calories is fun for my kids and fun for me too. It’s not often people associate a workout with having fun but moms know how to make anything fun. There are lots of games to choose from, but here are my top 5 outdoor games you can play with family, friends or with your kids and their friends.
Outdoor Games For Fitness
1. Double Dutch
Let me tell you the battles were epic on a hot summer day in Brooklyn. A double Dutch competition is sure to leave you sweaty and the calorie burn is out of this world. If you can’t jump double ditch don’t worry, single jumping works too although you may get a side eye.
That’s right mamas, whip out the side walk chalk, draw a big hopscotch board and get to it. There are multiple ways of playing hopscotch. Try it on one leg!
3. Red Light Green Light
One to three, the goal is to not get caught moving when the target turns around. Fastest one wins the race.
4. Simon Says
Simon says do this, do this, do this. What? Simon says touch your head? Simon says touch your toes? Hop on one leg… Your out! The kids will love to get you out.
Tag, your it. You can play tag the traditional way which is if you tag a runner they become it or the freeze tag way… If you get tagged you freeze. The last person remaining untagged is the winner.
What’s your favorite childhood game you would bring back for a great workout and old school fun? Stay tuned for a double dutch video. It’s time I dust off these old kicks and old bones. Pray for me!