The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the need for physical activity for people of all ages. Physical activity is vital for overall health and well-being. It helps maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and improve mental health.
Parents who are into sports and encourage their children to be interested in sports at an early age are on the right track. Instead of adding beautification projects in their yards, they can add sports equipment and facilities that all of them can enjoy. That will provide many bonding moments while ensuring good health.
Sporty Home Improvements
Here are some ideas for home improvements that develop physical fitness.
A playground is perfect for both younger and older children. It provides a safe place for them to play while getting some exercise. Depending on your child’s age and interests, you can choose from various playground equipment. Some popular pieces are monkey bars, swings, and a slide. You can purchase these ready-made.
A trampoline is not only fun but also great exercise. You can purchase a giant trampoline that will provide plenty of bouncing fun for the whole family.
3. Rock-Climbing Wall
A rock-climbing wall is perfect for both children and adults. You can purchase a modular rock climbing wall that is easy to set up and take down. Ensure that it has a safety mat that will provide a cushioned landing. You can have one outdoors and another one indoors. It can even be a focal point of the family room.
4. Outdoor Gym
An outdoor gym is a great way to get fit while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. That can include a custom metal climbing and pull-up feature that children and adults can enjoy. Your contractor can have your design fabricated by their industrial metal supply source.
5. Indoor Gym
An indoor gym will allow you to work out in any weather. You can choose from various machines depending on your interests and needs. If your kids are still young, include indoor gym equipment appropriate for their ages, so they can stay active in any weather. That should be in addition to the adult equipment you prefer. Ensure that any adult equipment that can be hazardous to kids is in an area they cannot reach. You can also create a play gym by utilizing wasted space in your home. For instance, add a pull-up bar and gymnastic rings to the ceiling if you have a loft.
6. Basketball Hoop
A basketball hoop is excellent for developing physical fitness and hand-eye coordination. Kids will love shooting some hoops, and parents will love that it helps keep their kids active. If you don’t have room outside for a hoop, consider adding one to the garage.
7. Swimming Pool
Swimming is a great way to get exercise and have fun simultaneously. If you don’t have room for a pool, consider purchasing an inflatable pool that can be set up and taken down in minutes.
8. Batting Cage
If you’re into baseball or softball, consider adding a batting cage to your property. That will provide plenty of opportunities for both parents and children to practice their skills.
9. Tennis Court
Tennis is another great way to get exercise. Consider adding a tennis court to your property if you have the room. That will provide plenty of opportunities for both parents and children to get some exercise. If space is limited, consider a smaller structure for walling instead.
A skatepark is perfect for skateboarders and BMX enthusiasts. It provides a safe place for them to practice their skills without worrying about traffic. You can purchase prefabricated skateparks or have one custom designed.
11. Zip Line
A zip line is perfect for children and adults who want to have some fun and get some exercise at the same time. You can purchase a zip line kit that is easy to set up and take down.
12. Home Soccer Field
Consider creating a mini soccer field in your yard if you’re into soccer. This can include Astroturf or artificial grass so you can play in any weather. You can also purchase modular soccer goals that are easy to set up and takedown.
A track is perfect if you want to add some running or walking to your fitness routine. You can purchase rubber mulch or gravel to create a safe surface for running or walking and lay it out around the house. You can also buy modular track systems that are easy to set up and take down.
14. Home Golf Course
If you’re into golf and have a large property, consider adding a mini-golf course. That can be as simple or elaborate as you like and even include sand traps and water hazards.
15. Horse Riding Arena
If you’re into horse riding and live in the countryside, consider adding an arena to your property. That will give you a place to ride without traveling long distances.
Get Set and Go
Adding one or more of these home additions can help make your family healthier and happier. You will be getting regular exercise, and you’ll also be spending quality time with your loved ones. So what are you waiting for? Start planning today!