With our jam-packed schedules, it’s easy not to make time for exercise. But if you can make time for QT on the couch with your cuties, you can make time to get active together too. How? The answer is family-friendly fitness. From yoga to biking, here are five of our favorite ways for your whole crew to break a sweat (and have some fun too!).
Breathing Space Yoga
Relax and reconnect with your crew at one of Breathing Space’s family yoga sessions. With classes designed with child development in mind, your flow here may involve songs, scarves, and even a story or two. Babes can also bond with their caregivers at the studio’s “Baby & Me” yoga classes, where instructors offer baby-friendly modifications to traditional yoga poses. Bonus: you’ll pick up some great relaxation techniques to diffuse any family feuds.
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Take your family’s fitness to new heights with a trip to EarthTreks. Rock climbers young and old can test out their bouldering or repelling skills during special family programs designed to help participants build strength, self-confidence, and trust. Open climbs are also a great and–at $5 a person–affordable way to test your climbing chops. And let’s not forget cross training: EarthTreks offers fitness and yoga classes designed to complement those climbing sessions.
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Looking to mambo and rumba your way to fitness? Look no further than Bouncing Bambini’s family-focused Zumbini and Baby Mombo classes. Zumbini combines Zumba-style music with dancing, singing, and instruments for a class where kiddos ages 0-4 and their caregivers will move and make memories at the same time. Bouncing Bambini’s newest addition is Baby Mombo, a high-energy babywearing dance class where you can sweat and smile with your little one cuddled close to you.
Biking with bambinos in the DMV is a little bit easier thanks to Kidical Mass. There are several local chapters of this group that organize “legal, safe, and fun” bike rides for the whole family. Most of these monthly rides began at a park and end at a fun destination. Our favorite route has to be Gaithersburg’s annual Halloween costume ride.
Hike It, Baby
Hit the trails with your kiddos in tow on one of Hike It, Baby’s family-friendly hikes. Established in 2013, Hike It, Baby is nonprofit dedicated to getting more families outside. The org has chapters across the region with volunteers who coordinate hikes for all ages and ability levels. Recent excursions include treks around Pierce Mill, Great Falls National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt Island.
What’s your family’s favorite way to stay active? Let us know in the comments section.