As we welcome warmer weather, find activities to encourage your family to get off the couch.

While sitting together and watching different TV series is entertaining, you’ll create more memorable experiences when doing activities together.

Here are some fun activities to try:

Hike local trails 

Enroll in an ice skating class at a local indoor rink

Train for an upcoming 5k race

Grow a vegetable garden

Create a hula hoop contest

Play hide and seek

Walk to your favorite ice cream parlor

Volunteer at a community clean-up day

Plan a dance party using everyone’s favorite songs

Create a backyard obstacle course

Compete with the number of steps taken daily

Rent bikes and explore bike paths in your community

And if you must watch a certain TV series together, add mini relays during commercial breaks.

Try competitions in activities such as who can do the most jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.

Getting your family off the couch will encourage an active lifestyle.

In the long run, this type of lifestyle will help you stay healthy and teach your kids the benefits of being active.

Please share with us what activities you’ve created to get your family off the couch.

(Update to original post from March 30, 2018)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”