We all know that exercise is important for you and your family as a whole. The benefits of your health can include things like lowering heart disease and risks with your heart. It can help to control weight, as well as help children to do better in school. It can help children to burn energy, as well as be happier and have reduced problems with mental health disorders such as things like anxiety. Family activities and being active as a family, can be something that can go a long way to helping children form healthy habits for life.
Children are less likely to understand about all of those kinds of benefits, though, as they will just want to enjoy themselves and create some happy memories. So as a result, your job as the parent is to make sure that you are all able to enjoy this time together and so some fun things that everyone will enjoy. When exercise is something that feels like play, then it is beneficial for all, parents and children alike! So here are some ideas for family fitness that will help you all to get moving.
Make Time to Play
Setting aside some time a few times a week to do some fun exercises with your children can be really fun. If you’re able to make these activities part of what you do after school or at the weekend, then your children will know what is going on and know what to expect. If your children are younger, then simple things like hide-and-seek can be a good idea, and then other things like kicking a ball or playing basketball can be a good idea.
Arrange Fun Days Out
There are so many fun things that you can do as a family, and plenty of fun things that can include being active. You might arrange an outdoor day, doing hikes or walks around the place. Or perhaps you’d arrange something like bowling or laser tag for you all, as well as perhaps for the two of you as a couple for date night. Dancing can be such an enjoyable thing too, so perhaps going dancing all together can be something fun for all and create some great memories.
Walk or Cycle Where You Can
In order to set your children up for a healthier life, for the rest of their life, then establishing some healthy habits with them is really important. So things like encouraging them to walk and cycle as much as they can, is a really good idea. Whether it is to the store or to the shops, get walking and it will be a normal and natural thing that happens in their life. You could even use something like a pedometer to keep track of your step count, and then try to beat the distance each week. If you have younger children then even having a chart to monitor how much you’re walking or biking can be a really fun way of doing things.