Staying active as a family is not only beneficial for you and your children’s health, it is also a great opportunity for your family to bond. Staying active improves your energy levels, encourages better sleep and helps maintain mental health. There are many benefits of family exercise, so what can you do to get your family moving?
Here are five tips on how to become more active as a family.
- Do chores together
It may not be the most glamorous way to stay active but it is effective. Doing chores separately isn’t as enjoyable, plus it is a way your children can easily help out around the house. This doubles as great family bonding time, as working together toward a common goal strengthens relationships. Gardening, car washing, painting, and cleaning the pool are all good options.
- Turn off the TV
Constantly having the TV on in the background is a great way to distract family members from doing more active things. The amount of time we spend on visual digital devices is increasing and the reality is that if we are watching TV, on our phone or at a computer, then we aren’t being active. Things you could be doing instead include kicking a footy, dancing or just exercising.
- Meet with other families
In the same way that it is encouraging to have a running or gym buddy, playing social sports at the park with other families will ensure you are accountable for your time outdoors. This also helps to strengthen friendships between your children and their friends, and the entire family.
- Family Olympics
Having a ‘family olympics’ day is a great way to get your entire family involved in physical activity. The sports you play at your family Olympics could be anything from the ‘round the backyard dash’ to the ‘penalty shoot out’ at the local park’s soccer goals. Having a mock medal ceremony and some simple prizes can add to the enjoyment of the day and leaves your children with something to remember the fun.
- Regular activity based family outings
It’s easy to orientate a family outing towards physical activity. A regular trip to the beach or park is a great way to start. This will help normalise regular physical activity for your family. If your children are involved in weekly co-curricular sports then getting the whole family along to games will also help the family get outside together, particularly if you can leave the car 20 to 30 minutes from the venue and walk the remaining way.
At Trinity Grammar School, sport is an essential element of life for every Trinity boy and is compulsory from Years 3 to 12. Healthy living, disciplined care of the body and the cultivation of good habits are an integral component of the development of a well-rounded boy. Trinity offers a vast range of sports that will enable your son to develop skills that will translate into all facets of his adult life. The emphasis on students working in teams opens further avenues for leadership and co-operation.
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