Fit Family Summer Ideas and Activities

(StatePoint) Oh summertime. The kids are out of school, and you’re already running out of ideas to keep them active.

While watching television and eating ice cream may be at the top of their lists, you know how important it is that they keep moving. In fact, summers are the perfect time to put family fitness routines into practice. Here are three ways to get started -- and three shoes to try to keep your family comfortable and stylish this summer season:

• Learn a new sport: From tennis to golf to touch football, there are a variety of ways to experience healthy activities as a group.

Shoe to try: Sporty, fashionable and comfortable, the New Balance M520 men’s sneaker is well-suited for a variety of athletic adventures. Its lightweight, cushioned midsole provides comfort with every step, and the mesh construction adds breathability.

• Participate in a charity run: Whether you’re a seasoned runner or have just signed up for your first 5K, many fundraising races are designed to accommodate the whole family. For younger children, search for events that allow baby strollers or that host a separate fun run for the kids.

Shoe to try: For a style that brings comfort fashion forward, consider the Nike Tanjun. It comes in pops of colors, or in classic grey, black or white, and sizes are available for every member of the family -- ranging from infant to adult.

• Lead by example: The next time you go to the gym or hit the court for a quick pick-up game, bring the kids with you. By highlighting the value of exercise and modeling proper form, you can help your kids gain the skills they need to be active for life. (Plus, the enthusiasm you have for your favorite hobby can be contagious!)

Shoe to Try: For observers, there are a variety of on-trend summer sandals that are a comfortable and stylish choice for any outing. Cupcake Couture offers a gladiator silhouette as a fun addition to any girl’s wardrobe and its Micah sandal also features a lightly padded footbed to ensure comfort.

When it comes to shoes, it’s important that every family member have the highest performing, most comfortable options available for summer activities. For a one-stop-shopping experience and shoe trends for families, visit the Athletic Shop at Rack Room Shoes in stores or online at rackroomshoes.com/athleticshop.

Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. With new gear, a great attitude and a sense of adventure, getting fit as a family will be fun.

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