Saturday, May 25

5 New Year’s Fitness Tips to Keep the Whole Family Healthy

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It goes without saying that keeping the whole family moving is important for all-round health. Not only does it get the endorphins flowing, but it can help with heart health, keeping those extra kilos off and managing stress levels. Parents that encourage an active lifestyle can assist their children by forming healthy habits for the future.

Remaining fit is far easier if integrated into a family schedule, allowing family members to encourage each other. Don’t expect your children to understand the benefits of exercise, but rather, make the time together fun so that they look forward to playing, chatting, and having fun outdoors. Soon it’ll feel less like a chore, and more like the wonderful family time that you look forward to each day or week.

Thankfully, there is brilliant and inexpensive home fitness equipment available for exercise enthusiasts of all ages. Plus, we’ve got some tips on how to integrate fitness into your family life for the benefit of everyone, young and old.

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Set the tone

If you’re a couch potato, then the likelihood is that your children will follow suit. Set the tone by committing to certain active endeavours and setting healthy habits in place. In the beginning, it’ll be your motivation that gets the rest of the family moving – so remain steadfast.

Allocate time to family fitness fun

It’s no easy feat juggling the ‘family’ calendar. Between work commitments, extramural activities, and school, coordinating time for active outings might be tough. Remember, that just 30 minutes playing soccer as a family on the road or in the garden, is enough. And picking up something as simple as a soccer or rugby ball is affordable, fun, and can develop a whole new habit (or even passion).

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Or, go for a quick bike ride around the neighbourhood to get the blood flowing. Investing in bicycles for yourself and your family can be a great way to get started on a fun, outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy. Riding a bike is a healthy, fun, and low-impact form of exercise for all ages. Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, park, school, or work and unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.

On days that you’re not able to take the time for a walk, bike ride, or surf, choose simple, fun activities that can be done at home. Table tennis is a great option for those at home who want a fun activity that injects a bit of competition into the family dynamic.

Socialise whilst being active

When it comes to weekend planning, why not invite your friends or extended family for a walk on the local greenbelt or mountain? Instead of hosting a get-together at home, choose an active outing like a hike, walk or run for a catch-up session. Outdoor activities, like hiking, allow you and your family to enjoy fresh air, and sunshine, which in turn help to reduce stress or worry in life. Getting outside with your family and connecting with them in a different way can also do a world of good on any troubling issues that are bothering you. Hiking and walking allows you to bond and talk about issues that could be bothering you or your child. For a fun twist on your walks or hikes, add a picnic stop along the way or coffee and rusks for sustenance to give you the energy you need to keep going.

Hiking

If you’re serious about adding regular hikes and nature walks to your family’s schedule, then it’s a good idea to invest in the right gear for you and your children to get the most out of your adventures. Good hiking or walking shoes help prevent injury and will ensure you stay comfortable throughout your walk.

Experience gifting

When it comes to birthdays and special occasions, use the opportunity to gift your partner and kids with experience-related activities: a zip-lining activity to be enjoyed together, tickets for ice-skating, white-water rafting, and surfing lessons, the options are endless.

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Set a challenge

Nothing gets siblings moving like the opportunity to ‘compete’ against each other. Set up a chart on the fridge with goals for each family member. Make it age-appropriate so that each member has individual challenges to meet and can easily compete against older or more agile siblings. Then sit back and watch the motivation levels soar!

An added bonus would be small active packs as prizes. Include active accessories like deodorant, colourful water bottles, energy bars, sunscreen, and a sports drink, for a cost-effective reward that is healthy and sport-related.

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