Is your family as active as it should be? It can we difficult to get your family off the sofa and keeping fit but it is definetly something that a lot more families need try and do. Not only is for their health but it also a great way of bonding and spending quality time together after a week of everyone doing their own thing.
Here are some great tips to help you keep your whole family fit.
Getting the family out and active isn’t a choice. If you give children the option to come on a hike or stay inside and play on their computer, you know what they’ll choose. Instead, make it mandatory. Consider including the family outing with other errands. For example, go for a family hike and then go to the grocery store or out to lunch.
Children are much more likely to engage in fitness activities if everyone is doing it. Create regular family outings. For example, ride your bikes, go for an evening walk as a family. On the weekends, engage in larger activities.such as going on hikes, go to a climbing centre, swimming pool or a bike ride. If you have a dog, you can all go out for the dog walk.
Children really do pay attention to what you do. When you are active they’ll be more likely to adopt an active lifestyle. Avs and I will always have a very active weekend. Avs trains in front of the kids at home, they even join in with whatever exercise she does.
When you head out to exercise, remember to keep your language positive. If your children think you view exercise as a chore, they will too.
If your television, computer and gaming systems are turned off, your children will likely be at a loss for what to do. They’ll be more likely to go outside or to engage in active play.
Consider giving them a screen time allowance. They’re allowed 1 hour a day, 6 hours a week, depending on there age – whatever seems realistic for your family. That way when they use their allowance up, they’re done. No more screen time!
Remember to find activities that your children enjoy. If you love hiking and your children really dislike it, then hiking is going to become a chore. If they love playing footbal or running around at the playground or soft playcentre, then make time for those activities.
When you pay attention to the likes and dislikes of everyone, they’ll have a much more positive attitude about exercise.
Getting active as a family is about changing habits. Look for ways you can get people off the sofa and moving. Walk or ride bikes to school. Go to the park. Engage in activities that everyone loves. Have fun!