You work hard to provide for your family. You want them to have the best of everything that you had in childhood, and enjoy opportunities and experiences that you never got as a kid. However, you also want them to get the most out of childhood. Including, perhaps, avoiding temptations and pitfalls that weren’t necessarily applicable in your youth. For instance, while you may have enjoyed movies and video games in childhood, you wouldn’t have had the relentless call of social media, apps and games accessible from the magical plastic and glass rectangle in your pocket. You didn’t have hours of films and TV shows available at a touch of a button. In short, you didn’t have as many reasons to stay on the sofa. And you didn’t face the specific health issues that today’s kids face, with up to 40% of UK children obese in some areas.
You know you need to get your kids more active. But you don’t want to be a nagging Mum. You want to make taking an interest in health, fitness and wellbeing its own reward. And a great way to do this is by making exercise fun for the whole family. Here are some great ways to get the whole family active before the summer draws to a close…
Invest in your family’s own kit
You want to show that you’re all in this together. So why not make your very own custom Sports Kit just for the family? It’s a great way to compartmentalise your time. When the whole family is in their kit, everyone knows that it’s time to get active!
Create your own back garden Olympics
Needless to say, the 2020 olympics in Tokyo had to be postponed until next year. Still, while the weather’s warm and the back garden’s in bloom, it’s the perfect time to plan your own back garden olympics. With an ostentatious opening ceremony, medals for winners (and maybe even some tasty rewards), and all kinds of events to suit the whole family, it can be the perfect way to spend a sunny weekend in the garden. This blog has some cute idea for events that young kids and adults can enjoy together.
Balance active time with screen time
You don’t want to be the kind of parent that prohibits screen time. But you want to maintain a good balance of activities. So why not try allowing the kids (and the grown ups) to earn screen time by spending some time doing something more active. Half an hour’s bike ride could be used to earn the same amount of time playing video games, for instance.
TV night? Mix things up with some ad break exercises
Finally, if you’re serious about getting the whole family fit, any time is an opportunity for a workout. Even the short breaks for ads while the family watches TV together. Bupa has some great ideas for short but intense ad break exercises that will allow the family to burn some calories during TV time and mitigate the health risks of too much sitting.
A field trip
On the 8th of July I’m going on a field trip with my school, I am 15 years old and currently doing my GCSE’s.
One GCSE I am working towards is geography, so in July I will be heading off to Kingswood. The purpose of the field trip is to help me gain as much information as I can to help me gain my grades needed. Kingswood offers a range of programmes which are specially designed to help us, all modules are tailored to our individual needs which is great.
This trip if all goes well will give me 25% of my final GCSE grade. Going on a field trip will give me access to specialist facilities needed such as expert tutors with a deeper understanding.
I have been to Kingswood before when I was in primary school, I really enjoyed it and had so much fun while I was there. I really enjoyed all of the outdoor activities and the team building sports. I love all sports and my aim for when I leave school is to work as a sports coach, my all time favorite sport is football.
I am so excited as next week I will be busy with work experience week, I will be enjoying being a youth instructor for a week, this will be great fun as it’s what I enjoy doing, I love sports so it will be a great week.
I am in for a busy few weeks but I am really looking forward to the experience I will be gaining.
I will pop back and update you after my field trip and let you know how I got on.
A Winters Afternoon
There is nothing quite like a lovely afternoon bike ride and some winters day outdoor fun, the dinner was cooking away in the slow cooker, the kid’s had been to their sports clubs, it was cold out but dry so we thought why not get the bikes out and have a lovely afternoon bike ride.
Ian was at work so it was just me and the boy’s, we done a safety check to make sure the bike’s was safe to use as they had not been used for a while then away we went. We started off along the river looking at the boats, we then moved along stopping along the way to climb trees, feed the duck’s and just having as much fun as we possibly could on a winter’s day.
We stopped at the park and the big kid in us all came out, well how could I resist all of this fun, the park is not just for kid’s……Right?
Now To Warm Up
Following all that fun, we all needed to warm up so it was hot chocolate all round upon our return….of course you can’t have a hot chocolate without some cream on the top….A little Sunday treat!
We are a family who loves outdoor fun and the winter day’s do not stop that as you can see. We had an amazing time. Did I embarrass the kid’s in the park, yes of course but what are mum’s for, I am a fun embarrassing mum and the kid’s was too busy laughing at me to even care.
We had a fantastic day of making funny memories, we are all worn out now from our fun day, I am so pleased that I had put the dinner in the slow cooker before heading off out as we are all shattered.
After all that winter’s day outdoor fun we are now snuggled under our blankets watching a film whilst our dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker…..Perfect day!