The benefits of exercise are well known: disease risk reduction, improved sleep, weight control, increased energy and positivity, these are some of the big ones. Even though we all know of these benefits, it can still be hard to get going, especially if we are trying to do it alone. Exercising with our family members allows us to share motivation and accountability for exercise.  If we have a family that encompasses a wide range of ages, how do we incorporate exercise that is fun and can be accomplished by everyone in the family? To make it more fun, turn it into a game that can be played by Grandparents, Mom, Dad and the kids. The following games promote movement and can be modified according to the family member’s abilities.

Dance Off
Have a dance competition with fun categories like best new move, fastest dancer, slowest dancer—you get the idea. Want to start small? Tonight, when you're watching TV, dance with your kids during TV commercials. You'll be surprised how fun it can be.

Follow the Leader
A rousing game of Follow the Leader will get the entire gang moving together! Encourage the leader to be creative with movements such as hopping like a frog, running with arms out like a bird or an airplane, marching like a band, jumping, dancing or twirling. Everyone's heart will be racing within minutes. 

Duck, Duck, Goose
This is an oldie but a goodie. If you've never played, here are the basics: Players sit in a circle, facing inward, while one player walks around tapping or pointing to each player, calling each a "duck," until finally picking one to be a "goose." That person gets up and chases the "picker" and tries to tag the "picker" before the "picker" can run around the circle and sit down in the spot where the "goose" was sitting. If the picker succeeds, the "goose" becomes the new picker. If the "goose" tags the picker, the "picker" tries again. Grab your gang and get moving!

There are also some local active events coming up that the family can enjoy together…

The SLO Marathon on April 25-26 has a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5k run, a Kids Quarter Mile and a Children’s 1 Mile Fun Run. All runs are set in scenic areas of San Luis Obispo.

Ranger led hikes at Lopez Lake. February 22nd learn about Birds of the Lake while you walk and get fresh air! Hike is suitable for children and adults.

Great Western Bicycle Rally. May 22-25. Bike rides for the whole family in Paso Robles.

Outdoor Fitness Zone at French Hospital in SLO features 11 exercise stations and a starting point for a one-mile walking trail around the hospital grounds. Open from sunrise to sunset for all community members and is free of charge.

If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit for more information.

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