Parenting

5 Ways To Exercise As A Family

  • May 24, 2018

Let’s face it – many of us put off exercise because it requires setting aside blocks of time that we simply don’t have as parents. But a workout doesn’t have to mean running for miles or lifting weights. 

Parents set the tone for nearly every part of their child’s life. Healthy habits are passed along from parent-to-child, so it’s the responsibility of the adult to initiate an active lifestyle to make exercise fun; children will naturally follow suit. It’s even more important today, as the number of children getting enough physical activity dropped by 40% last year, according to a Public Health England report 

However, doing exercise and staying active doesn’t have to be a chore; getting outside and being ‘at one with nature’ is important and an easy way to help build a healthy lifestyle. Not only will exercise make everyone feel better but with summer approaching, the fresh air and sunshine are significant mood boosters too. 

Ways to get active together:

Family walks

Whether you head to the local park and allow the kids to play, or decide to take a quick loop around the block, adding a walk into your daily routine ensures that it won’t get put off. Children (and adults alike) respond well to a structured schedule, so set a time and write it on the family calendar.  

After school is also a great time for kids, as youngsters tend to be sat down for most of the day and need to burn off some of that pent-up energy before bedtime. After dinner is also a great time as the whole family is together, making it easier to get everyone involved.  

Have a weekly sports night

Each week, dedicate an afternoon or evening to play sports. Let your children take charge to ensure they get the most enjoyment out of it – you’ll probably be surprised at the creative ideas they come up with.  

Create a rota and rotate weekly, so every family member gets to pick what they want to do. For example, one week you might play football, the next golf, and the following week, you may decide to head to your local swimming pool. It’s important to make these activities fun, so consider pool toys games or setting up a family competition – always a winner! 

Mix it up

Don’t limit your idea of exercise to just going to the gym – anything that gets your family moving together counts, but it’s important to mix it up so the children don’t get bored. Consider changing up activities from day-to-day, from walking one day, to playing catch or having a kick around – even get the kids to help out in the garden. It all counts as exercise and doesn’t have to feel tedious, or a chore.  

Think outside the box

Children love to play games, and there are so many you can choose from – you can even create your own. Whatever the weather, there are always games that can be played inside or out, to get your kids active and away from those iPads and Xbox’s. 

Some fun and active games include:

  • Play a game of tag 
  • Hide and Seek 
  • What’s the time Mr Wolf? 
  • Simon Says 
  • Twister  

Outdoor games:

  • Playing catch 
  • Water balloon fights 
  • Playing football 
  • Flying kites 
  • Trampoline games 
  • Slip and Slide

What do you do to stay active as a family? Do you exercise together?

Sarah

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23 Comments

  • fashionandstylepolice

    We make sure we go for walks almost everyday. It helps us stay fit.

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  • Lydia C. Lee

    Good ideas. We took up ‘training’ for the colour run so we all ran distance together. It wasn’t really fun tho….#KCACOLS

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  • BattleMum

    During the summer we swim almost every day before dinner (we have access to an outdoor pool). Other times we hit the local playground or our son rides his bike while we walk with him. But we could be doing more!

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  • Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    You can even mix and match with a few outdoor games along a walk #KCACOLS

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  • Veronica Lee

    Great ways to get active together! I love family walks.

    #KCACOLS

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  • Kelly-Anne

    We are trying to take a couple of family walks each week h, it’s a great way to explore & to keep active! #kcacols

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  • Virtually All Sorts (@AllSortsHere)

    We walk our dog which is so lovely because it really does involve us all! By the end of the walk, we are all refreshed, apart from the dog who is shattered! #kcacols

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  • ChelseaMamma

    We enjoy walks and have just started cycling too now that the kids can ride their bikes

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  • Astrid

    These are definitely some great ideas. I don’t have kids, but they’re useful for me and my husband too. I love walking and swimming bu tdon’t get to do it nearly often enough. #kcacols

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  • Tubbs

    We try and go for a walk every day as it helps keep us fit without us actually noticing. If we called it exercise I think we’d be less keen. Sneaking it in has really worked for us #KCACOLS.

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  • Tracey Bowden

    We go for a walk together every Sunday and I go alone with my sister every Thursday. We’re not really sporty but I am all for playing games to get her outside and active #kcacols

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  • scrapbookadventures365

    Water fights is a good one! Or treasure hunts on a time schedule! I think the weekly sports nights sound good!

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  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    I love the idea of having a sports night! We generally walk a lot but both hubby and I have had bad backs the last few weeks so they have not been long walks! #KCACOLS

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  • Educating Roversi

    My son LOVES going for family walks! Luckily we live near some lovely places to walk around. Since starting preschool he has learnt What Time Is It Mr Wolf and he’s been using his balance bike or scooter more. We walk to preschool and back three times a week too so there are little bits of exercise. I’m not one for focuses exercising although I am thinking about going to Zumba! ha ha! I need to do something to sort my jelly belly! #KCACOLS

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  • Lucy Dorrington

    Great ideas. The best kind of exercise is the one where you don’t realise it’s exercise!

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  • Sarah | Mummykind

    These are brilliant ideas! will definitely try to incorporate these as Olivia grows up! #KCACOLS

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  • fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5)

    Great advice! Outdoor games is a great way to exercise together without it feeling like hard work!

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  • Nita

    We love going for walks or to the park with our scooter. If we have to stay home, then it’s trampoline time in the garden! Sports night sounds fun, I think we may try this out when he’s a little older, but for now, a bat and ball in the garden is as sporty as we’ll get. #KCACOLS

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  • Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy

    great ideas here. My daughter and I went on a nice bike ride yesterday. Trying to get outside has always been a priority for us #KCACOLS

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  • Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    We get out most weekends for walk to the park or on the beach, and we tend to walk to places like the local shops and the library instead of taking the car. We’ve been swimming a few times this week too which we’ve all really enjoyed so hopefully we’ll make that more of a regular thing. x #KCACOLS

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  • Elaine

    I enjoy nightly walks with my family with the dog around our neighborhood! Love this message of SIT LESS and MOVE MORE!

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  • Bread

    We enjoy walking and swimming the most, and we’re definitely involving Snappy in all that. #kcacols

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  • familyedventures

    Kite flying tomorrow I think!!! Amy x We Love Family Edventures

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