Making Summer Fun and Productive for Your Family
By Stephen R. Farris
The kids are out of school for the summer, but you don't have the funds to take a family vacation so it can turn pretty boring around the house.
The last thing you really want for them is to have their heads buried into video games, tablets, and cell phones all day long.
So it might be time to brainstorm and come up with some useful, helpful, and fun ideas to do around the house. It could actually turn into a whole lot of fun for the entire family.
Spic and Span
While the so-called "normal" time to get the house organized and spruced up is supposed to be in the spring, it doesn't mean -- since you now have extra help -- you can't do it during the summer. Crank up the family's favorite "together" music, fill those extra set of hands with a broom, mop, dust pan, and a cleaning rag, and in no time, the house will be looking grand and cleaner smelling as well. Add in some type of reward such as having pizza delivered or spending the rest of the day at the park or lake.
Plan a Group Exercise
Set aside some time each day to gather up the gang for some group exercise. There's lots of things you and your family can do together to stay in shape. There's yoga, tai chi (if you've never done either of these exercises, there are plenty of beginner videos available on YouTube), or if you have an extra stationary bike or two, you can all take turns with spin sessions. If outdoors is your thing, gather up everyone in the house and go for a bicycle ride around the neighborhood. It'd be a great way to see the environment around your home and wave hello to your neighbors.
Plant a Garden
What what could be a better way to get the family involved with something that could have extra health benefits than to start a garden. Let everyone choose their favorite vegetable and/or fruit to plant. Plus it could help cut down on your food budget. Heaven knows, produce prices at the grocery store can be a little on the pricey side.
And when you start to feel that soreness in your back, joints and neck, visit your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic to help you get some relief. While you're there, talk to them about any questions you might have concerning nutrition and exercise. Chances are they will have plenty of ideas and suggestions that will help out.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans.