Looking after a family can be demanding and sometimes it’s hard to find time to exercise. A great way to increase your fitness is to incorporate exercise into family life so the whole family is awarded the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Encourage the idea of family exercise and by choosing activities that all members of the family will enjoy.
Cycling is one of the nation’s most popular pastimes and is a great way of combining exercise with recreation. Bike rides inspire the whole family to get outdoors and children benefit from gaining independence and confidence. Be encouraged to try out a variety of cycle trails or even explore the local area.
Hiking is an ideal activity for all the family. It can be performed by everyone regardless of age and fitness ability. To maintain children’s enthusiasm incorporate a treasure hunt into the walk. Perhaps introduce an orienteering exercise where the children can have an equal part in navigating. It is best to plan a route in advance to choose the most suitable area for family exploration.
Investing in gym membership for the family is a great idea for long term fitness. However, gyms aren’t necessarily designed for children. Facilities at health clubs are more child friendly and offer a diverse range of activities. Most health clubs have swimming pools, activity classes, and playground facilities. Visiting a health club can be turned into a family outing and can become a treat for the family every month.
Choosing to holiday at designated adventure centres is the ideal way of introducing exercise in family outings. There are a large number of activity holidays to choose from in the UK and abroad. A huge range of exercise is encouraged from kayaking to walking, cycling to swimming and sailing to climbing. These holidays are excellent for families to learn new sports together.
These holidays don’t have to be expensive. The range of sports on offer guarantees that every member of the family is catered for. Sometimes there is so much on offer that you will have to go again!
A family trip to the local park is a simple way of getting exercise. Outdoor games are great for quality family time and with a huge range of activities like football, frisbee and tennis getting active outdoors is easy.
Introduce family competitions through rounder’s matches or football games. Perhaps organize family sports days with other local families. Children will enjoy it more with friends. Athletic activities are great for improving fitness and introducing competition will encourage children to work harder at their exercise.
The options for family related activities are endless and planning fun and successful family exercise can be simple. Make family walks or bike rides around the local area a regular event where all the family can take part. Vary these activities with special trips to health clubs or plan a weekend of adventure at a nominated centre. Your family’s wellbeing will be enhanced with regular exercise.