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With the Summer Olympics gearing up in London, now is the perfect time to get your family in on the sporting fun!  Whether you’re a family of couch potatoes or star athletes, the Olympics are a great chance to add a little extra activity to your routine and get some more family time in as well. 

Depending on the ages of your children, this might be the first Summer Olympics that your child will be interested in.  To get them in the Olympic spirit, consider throwing an Olympic party with your friends to watch the Opening Ceremonies.  Get the kids in on the fun and let them help you decorate with plenty of Olympic party supplies and decorations!    No matter how old or young they are, they’ll probably be fascinated by the elaborate festivities of the Opening Ceremonies and will be thrilled to cheer on Team USA as they march into the stadium!  Once the party is over though, don’t pack up those Olympic decorations.  Leave them up and use them to keep the kids’ interested in the events and ready to participate in your own family Olympics! 

Even if you don’t have the house all decked out with Olympic party supplies, hang a set of Olympic rings to get everyone in the mood for your family Olympics.  Place them over a whiteboard where you can keep track of the events and the medal count.  If you really want to get the family in the Olympic spirit, hang some stadium scene setters so everyone feels like they’re in the center of the athletic action! 

Plan some fun events that will not only get everyone in the family up and moving, but will also let everyone show off their skills and strengths.  Even if you aren’t the most athletic family on the block, you can still have fun and get your heart rate up with Olympic-inspired events. 

- Use a Frisbee instead of a real discus to see who can throw the furthest and the straightest.

- While you might not be able to recreate the high jump in your backyard, you can easily recreate the long jump!

- Test out those tumbling moves and find out who can somersault, cartwheel, and flip like a pro. 
- Plan a bike race around the block.  Time everyone individually or break them into teams and have a relay.  If you have the room, use game cones and set up an obstacle course as well. 

- Don’t forget some of the lesser known Olympic events!  Ping-pong is gaining in popularity so pull out the old paddles and see if your kids have what it takes to make the 2016 USA team. 

- If you have a pool plan relay races, individual swim events, synchronized swimming competitions, and diving events. 

- A family-friendly game of volleyball will get everyone’s heart racing and burn some calories fast!  If you don’t want to play a game, just bump the ball to one another and see who can keep the ball in the air the longest. 

Plan your family Olympic events for early in the evening, before the sun goes down.  If you have an event planned for each evening, with an alternate indoor activity planned in case of inclement weather, at the end of the seventeen-day Olympics, you’ll have a great start on a new habit of working out as a family!  And since you’ll be having fun in the process, your kids won’t even realize they’re getting exercise, they’ll just think the family is having fun together!  Once you’re done with your own Olympic activities, you can settle in together in front of the television with a healthy snack and watch the day’s Olympic coverage.  Check out the coverage schedule beforehand so you can be sure you don’t miss anyone’s favorite events and keep track of how Team USA is doing.  At the end of the Summer Olympics, host your own closing ceremonies and award everyone in the family their own Olympic torch trophy to commemorate the event and congratulate them for a job well done!  Not only will they have gotten more than two weeks of exercise under their belts, but you’ll have squeezed in some high quality family time as well and that’s worth more than any gold medal in the world. 

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