Today, my youngest son (15) played in an out-of-town basketball tournament. I love those tournaments. Early mornings filled with anticipation and game after game of cheering, clapping and sometimes even yelling at the refs!
I also love playing basketball, so it's no surprise that one of our early family fitness activities was basketball. We'd run up and down the court with our children bouncing balls. Playing four square with a basketball to help the boys master hand-eye coordination and develop ball handling skills. (Wiki article on four square can be found here if you need a reference on four square)
As our children grew the games became more about running with the ball around cones and shooting or we'd play shooting games that helped strengthen young arms. Basketball quickly became one of our favorite past times.
Now that I've hit the big 40, I still count basketball as one of my favorite activities and a great way to get a good workout while having fun with my family. The running up and down the court is an excellent workout for my legs, and heart. Shooting drills gives my arms a unique workout and the side to side motion following another player on the court help strengthen core muscles, tone inner and outer thighs and help me with my balance as I age.
My three boys are older now but our games are still filled with fun and laughter. The next time you want to try a new and exciting workout, grab a few friends and try a game of basketball. It's a wonderful way to play your way to fitness.