As we welcome warmer weather, find activities to encourage your family to get off the couch. While it’s entertaining to sit together and watch different TV series, you’ll create more memorable experiences when you’re actively doing something together.

Here are some fun ideas to try:

Hike local trails 

Enroll in an ice skating class (who knows, your kid may take to curling)

Train for an upcoming 5k race

Grow a vegetable garden

Have 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 such as who can do the most jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.

Getting you and 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 you’ve done to get your family off the couch.

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Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of 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 spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. 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’.”