If watching Olympic athletes has your family thinking about how to be more active outdoors at home, check out these ideas for hosting a round of summer games in your own backyard.
Make your own “Dream Team”
Does watching Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James shoot hoops leave you wanting to toss a b-ball around the yard? Put a portable basketball hoop in the driveway or cul-de-sac and recruit the neighborhood kids for a friendly pickup game or organize a one-day tournament.
Pretend you’re Forest Gump
Watching the 16-year-old American table tennis star Ariel Hsing show her skills during the Olympics has highlighted what an impressive sport this little powerhouse game can be. Get in touch with your inner Forest Gump and put a tennis table in your covered patio so you can enjoy the competition alfresco.
Spike the ball
Volleyball superstars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh continue to inspire the world with their limitless skills. As if watching their great technique wasn’t enough to get you pumped to hit the ball, seeing their killer bodies rock teeny, tiny bikinies is a pretty strong motivator to get active outdoors. Pick up your own volleyball net system for the backyard and practice spiking the ball at your next cookout.
Make the shot
One doesn’t see the sport of archery getting much mainstream attention these days, but watching it during the Olympics tends to surge renewed interest. Pick up a family archery set and introduce your group to the sport that has been around for centuries. This is a particularly fun activity if you have a large property or lot to work as an impromptu shooting range.