Get active with the whole family
We all know that getting (and staying) active has lots of benefits for our body and mind, but it can be hard to squeeze fitness into your day when you’re juggling a busy family life, especially with young children. However, there are a few simple ways to do it…
If you enjoy power walking, then why not try it while pushing a buggy? It’s a great way to spend time with your baby (and avoid paying extra to use the gym crèche). You could even work up to jogging or running with your buggy as you build up your fitness.
All you need to enjoy a kickabout in the park with the kids is a ball, so it’s an easy activity to pick up and play. And you’ll definitely earn a few FitPoints while you run around!
Many local community centres, gyms or hotels will have a pool – if there’s one near you, why not take the kids along for a swim? Check what your options are, as you might be able to purchase a one-day pass or trial membership so you can use the facilities. Or, if your kids are at an age where they can take swimming lessons, why not ask if parents can join in? It’s a great way to bond with your little one while being active.
Still not sure how to start getting active? Try Katie’s tips…
Mum-of-three Katie Ellison, who blogs about family life at Mummy Daddy Me, knows how difficult it can be to make activity a priority. Here are her tips:
1. Go for a walk
If you have young children, walking is a great way to get out and about for some exercise. I often walk miles with my little boy as it gives us both a chance to get some fresh air. He is quiet and content while he’s in his buggy, and it means we both get a chance to blow away the cobwebs. Or, you can take young children out to a playground – just get moving. It does wonders for your mind too!
2. Do the house work together
It sounds silly, but anyone with children will know that trying to balance everything can be tricky. Often at the weekend, I’ll need to tidy up and clean the house, but I try to make it fun for everyone. We turn the cheesy music up loud, I give the kids easy chores to do, and they actually enjoy helping me clean. It also means that we’re having fun together, being active and productive, so it’s an all-round winner!
3, Exercise before the kids get up, or while they're napping
I find the lack of me-time the hardest obstacle to exercise. I don't get much time to myself, and often the last thing I want to do is exercise during that one hour when my child naps, or in the evening when I could be watching TV. But, even doing a 30-minute workout really helps clear your head. I try to get up half an hour before the kids do, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on valuable time to myself.