Fun Family Exercise Ideas That Don’t Feel Like Exercise

Whether it’s snowing or raining or just really gross outside, just because the weather’s bad doesn’t mean you have to sit inside and do nothing (which is a surefire way to catch cabin fever!). Stay cozy indoors and burn off that extra energy with these family exercise ideas that are so fun, you almost forget you’re working out. Almost.

Chef Junior

Have the kids help you find a new healthy recipe and then make it together. They will be more likely to eat what’s on their plate since they helped whip it up! This is a great way to keep everyone on their feet. Plus, the family gets to enjoy nutritious, delicious food at the end of their hard work.


Do you remember playing hide-and-seek when you were a kid? How about that favorite hiding spot that you kept secret, so no one would find you? Share those same memories with your kids by playing a good old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek. They might discover a new corner of the house that they’ll never forget!

Perfect Strike

Go bowling … for free! Create your own bowling alley using water bottles arranged like bowling pins at the end of a hallway. Bowl with a soft object like a bouncing ball or a foam ball, because real bowling balls are heavy, and kids don’t always have the best aim. No one wants to deal with smashed fingers or toes or windows.

Freeze Frame

Put on some catchy jams, get everyone to dance, and take turns starting and stopping the music. No one can move until the tunes start again!

Hip to Be Square

Use masking tape to create a hopscotch “court.” With each round, create a new rule so the kids are challenged. For example, start with two feet in each square for the first round, then switch to one foot in each square for the second round. See if the kids can get all four hands and feet in one box! Get creative with the rules, and the game can go on all afternoon.

Ever Heard of Spikeball?

You’ll need a mini trampoline and a ball. If you already have a small trampoline, find a ball and at least two players, and you’re all set! Stand on opposite ends of the trampoline and bounce the ball to your opponent by hitting the ball back onto the trampoline. Add as many players as you can fit around your “court.”

Musical Chairs

Add a curveball by making everyone hop on one foot.

Jump for Joy

Jump rope during commercials or while you’re waiting for something to cook. Or make it part of an indoor obstacle course, along with hula hoops.


Learn (or relearn …) how to play chess together. If you have enough space, you can even play with humans! Make nametags for each specific chess piece, have each side dress in either black or white, set up a chess “board” with painter’s tape or yarn, and have fun hopping around. You’ll get the added bonus of keeping everyone on their feet!

As you can see, there are endless options for fun with the family besides sitting in front of the TV or computer. It’s time to get moving!

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