It seems like it can be hard work to find some good quality time with your family sometimes, what with the stresses and pulls of modern day life. That is why it is important to find the time to spend together and find a recreational activity that all of the family can enjoy together. Choosing a physical activity is also a great way to make sure that everyone in the family gets that much needed physical exercise to keep us all fit and healthy. If you can find 30 minutes every day where you can get your heart rate increased and burn off some calories, you can spend time with your family and do something which is not only fun, but good for you as well.
Choosing an Activity
There are lots of activities that you can choose to do together and you needn’t spend a fortune either:
- Walk the Dog
- Go to the Local Park
- Swimming Pool
- Local Community Centre
There are a number of activities that you can do as a family which do not cost the earth and are good fun as well as being healthy exercise as well. You may have a local community centre which might offer a range of activities from the above list, getting in contact with your local council is a great way to get information on everything that is on offer in your local community. If you live in a more rural area then you will have lots of access to the countryside where you can go hiking, walk the dog or go for a cycle. You not only get great exercise but you can also enjoy some beautiful scenery as well and take in some good fresh air to boot. Choosing an activity like this is also a good way to keep the kids busy during the school holidays and most community centers have specific schedules set around school holidays to help keep the kids entertained and there are may also be some family orientated activities as well such as a scavenger hunt.
Everybody knows how it is, you start something new and it is exciting and interesting, then after time you interest subsides to the point of boredom. It does not have to be like this as if you choose a recreational activity that the entire family can enjoy, you can make it much more fun and interesting and keep each other motivated to keep it up. This could be anything from Karate, Yoga, Tai Chi or even cycling or hiking. It is great to get the children interested in something but adds a completely different dimension if the entire family participates in it. You can even go in the garden with the radio on and do your own family aerobic workout and make it as fun and crazy as you can to keep all ages entertained. Some activities do cost money and for big families might not be viable, but finding a something that the whole family can enjoy does not need to be expensive.
Showing your Family that you Love them
It is not only beneficial for your children to eat a healthy diet and get some regular exercise, everybody benefits from this as well. By kick starting a regime within your family to regularly enjoy and participate in an activity together, this will have not only health benefits for all of the family but will help strengthen and reinforce your own family bonds as well. By starting your family off on this from an early age, it will become second nature to them and they will learn to appreciate and enjoy a healthy lifestyle through good food, plenty of exercise and strong family connections between everyone in the family. This will set them up well for later years as in their adult life they will be able to live long and healthy lives and hopefully maybe give you a few grandchildren. Now isn’t that something worthwhile to motivate you to not only get your family fit and healthy, but yourself as well. It would be a shame if a child never got to meet their grandparents.
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This article was written by Sarah Hickens on behalf of Trampoline Warehouse. Trampoline Warehouse specialise in professional trampolines for all ages. Sarah is an active parent with a young son who she keeps entertained through a variety of activities and also a seasoned blogger who likes to share her ideas and experiences.