Modern families are spending more and more time sitting in front of the TV or playing on games consoles, tablets, or phones. While there are huge benefits to our children using technology and watching TV together as a family, it’s also important to remember to spend time together outdoors. With technology and devices becoming a much bigger part of day to day life, our children are in danger of never developing healthy habits when it comes to exercise, which could lead to both physical and mental health problems in later life. One of the best ways to make sure they develop a lifelong love for exercise is finding great activities you can all do as a family.
Bike riding is fantastic exercise, a great way of seeing new places, and really good fun. But, it’s also something many of us haven’t done since we were kids. Getting bikes for the family is a wonderful way to spend time together. Either just get out there riding, or drive somewhere new with your bikes before spending the day riding around exploring. Take a picnic to make a full day of it.
Roller skating is another thing many of us haven’t done since we were kids. Often, children are much better at skating than out of practice adults and they love watching us falter. Let them laugh at and help you. This can be a wonderful bonding exercise. If you are interested, get some high quality roller skates for the whole family, so you know everyone is going to be safe and comfortable.
Team sports don’t need to be huge organized events. Often as adults, we forget the joy of throwing some jumpers down for goal posts and playing soccer in the park. All you need is a group of friends and family members and a ball to get started. Rounders, softball and touch football also make great options.
Hiking has the advantage of not needing any expensive equipment to get started. If you and your family decide you want to take it more seriously and explore different terrain or harder routes, you will want to invest in some hiking books and safety equipment. But, when you are starting out all you need is some comfortable shoes and a map.
Many people find that another advantage of hiking with children is that it gets them to open up. Without the distractions of life and devices, many children start to talk to their parents about their worries and concerns. This can be especially useful with teenagers.
Last summer, Pokémon Go took the world by storm. While to some, it was just a silly game, to others it was a brilliant way of getting their kids asking if they could go for a walk. Augmented reality games like this are a great way of getting reluctant kids (and adults) up off the sofa.
Spending time together exercising as a family is fun, but it’s also a great way to bond, look after your own health, and help everyone to de-stress and relax. The most important thing is to find something that you all enjoy. So, why not spend some time letting everyone in your family choose an activity for you all to try? Whatever you choose, enjoy it!