What are the Best Sports for Families #CP

Are you a busy parent who doesn’t have enough time to keep fit between work and family life, or maybe you think your family could be happier and healthier if they were a bit more active? Either way, you could introduce a sport into your life that helps you keep fit and bond with family. 

In this post, we take a brief look at some of the activities you can do with your family. Surprisingly, even solo pursuits like running, golf, and yoga make excellent activities to do with your family. Read on for more information on how to keep fit and stay connected with family. 

Runs in the park 

When you have a family, it can be tricky to fit some exercise into your lifestyle, but we all know how important it is to raise your heart rate now and them and remind your muscles what they’re there for - that advice goes for you and every member of your family, so what can you do? 

One great way to get the fitness you and your family need and to bond at the same time is to go for weekly runs in the park. A run in the park doesn’t have to be a high endurance activity; it can be a light run that allows you to bond with your kids and get for exercise and fresh air as well.  

Roller sports 

If runs in the park seem a little bit tame or you want something more interesting, why not try some roller sports? Like running, roller sports are excellent for your heart rate and coordination; activities like skateboarding and roller skating are as enjoyable as they are convenient.

A roller sports activity requires some equipment; what you’ll need is a skateboard, roller skates, or roller blades; you might also require some knee and elbow pads for protection. However, that’s all you need, most parks have a skatepark, and empty car parks are also good places.   


You might have noticed that dancing has become more popular these days; young people are creating some impressive dance videos for social media, encouraging others to follow suit. But you and your family don’t have to be expert dancers to get all the benefits the great benefits. 

Find a space in your home or at the local park where you can develop some dance moves. It’s a good idea to follow a set of dance routines and build up your dance moves over days and weeks. After a short time of dancing, you will find that your fitness and bonding have improved. 

Golf and driving ranges

Golf is sometimes a love-it or hate-it pursuit, but even those who aren’t drawn to the sport can have a lot of fun with golf, especially if you play miniature golf or you go to a driving range. Golf might not be the most active sport at least at the start, but it’s excellent for coordination. 

One thing that puts people off playing golf, apart from the Bookies Reviews that always tell you what the best odds are for players involved in major tournaments like the Masters and the PGA Championship, is the equipment needed; but driving ranges often supply some clubs and balls.  

Yoga practice 

If you want an activity that doesn’t require any equipment at all but is excellent for your physical and mental health, then try yoga. Although yoga is fundamentally an individual pursuit, it’s also excellent to try as a family. All you need to do is clear a little bit of space in your front room. 

Whether there are two of you or the whole family, you can set up a regular yoga practice that will improve the physical and mental strength of your family. And if you struggle to get your yoga practice into busy family life, getting the children involved is a fun and interactive way to get fit. 


Tennis is fun to watch and hard to play, but arguably badminton is the opposite. There’s a reason badminton is such an enjoyable sport for friends and family members, the rackets are lightweight, and it can be played in the garden during the summer and in halls during winter. 

Again, badminton is an easy sport to get involved in; all you need are a few racket sets and shuttles, which you can buy cheaply online. A net is also required, and this can be set up in the garden if the weather is fair. Badminton is good for coordination and involves some running. 

A sports day

Most children are familiar with a sports day from school. Schools often arrange a sports day at the end of the year before the summer holidays; at this time, the weather is good, and everyone is prepped for a fun time before the lessons end and the holiday season begins. 

But a sports day doesn’t have to be restricted to the end of term; it would be a shame to limit all those fun activities to a single day of the year. So whether it’s summer or winter, why not arrange a day of egg and spoon races, bucket ball throwing, and hula hoops to stay active.   

Final thoughts  

Life gets busy sometimes, and there isn’t enough time for sports and activities; additionally, you might feel like your family is stagnating a little bit because of all the staying indoors and working from home. One excellent response is to find some activities that suit the whole family. 

Family sports has a twin purpose, it gives you a chance to introduce some fitness into your busy life, along with improving the health and wellbeing of your family, but it also gives you the chance to bond with your family and to create memories that will live long in the memory. 

As you can see from the post above, there are plenty of ways you can introduce sports to your family and have a fun time. Even a solo activity like running can be turned into a collective activity by making it a regular weekly activity. The only limit is your imagination - have fun!   

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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