To some parents the idea than you may need ideas of keeping kids active is crazy! Some children have you on your toes every moment of the day and really, these parents are looking for a break. As kids get older though they tend to spend a little more time hanging with their friends or watching TV. So, we have pulled together a few ideas to help keep the children, and you, active and fit.
Monday to Friday is probably going to be taken up by the school run or heading to work, however depending on the location of your school, and a little bit of an earlier start, you could grab the kids up, rucksacks on and cycle your way to the school gate. Most schools will allow you to leave the kids bikes somewhere around the school, if you are worried about theft or damage it’s worth considering single bicycle insurance for added peace of mind. Cycling is a fantastic exercise for getting your heart pumping and strengthening your whole body. It will also help your children to concentrate more as exercise coupled with a good diet is proven to increase our ability to function at a higher percent.
Of course you don’t have to cycle to school everyday, you could mix it up by walking too. A brisk walk will boost circulation and get your heart working. You can mix it up by taking your running gear and once you have dropped the children at the school gate, take a 30 minute running route back to your house. Walking is gentle on our joints and is something everyone can do, it also saves an unnecessary car journey meaning you are doing your bit for the environment.
During the evenings or on weekends you could find out where the local health centre is and head of for a family swim. If you have young children why not take some parent and child swimming lessons. At some centres, older kids can have lessons in one pool whilst the parents take on aqua aerobics in another, so you could get a really great work out and help your children find their inner mermaid.
Why not try something different every Saturday? Make a game of it? Search around your neighbourhood and find out what is on offer then try everything, even if it doesn’t appeal to you. It is great for children to see you challenging yourself and will encourage them to do the same. So if you are afraid of heights, why not head out to a climbing hall and tackle one of the walls? Or saddle up and try horse riding.
Whatever you choose to do, just make sure to have fun whilst you are doing it. Stay safe, keep hydrated and enjoy yourself, those are the only rules!