As we juggle work and family sometimes in the school holidays we struggle to keep our fitness goals on track & as we know consistency is key, so we’ve come up with a few tips for both adults & kids so you can spend quality time together and keep active as a family.
The Heart Association recommend that children age and over participate in an hour of moderate activity every day. While an hour each day might sound like a large chunk of time, there are many ways to incorporate activity into your daily family routine.
Adding a new twist can make mundane things super fun and healthy!
Go for pre or post dinner walks - Stroll around the block with the dog or make it a bit of a game of an evening walk, take it in turns to pick a goal, hop to the red car, job to the next lamp post etc.
Crank up the music and boogie - Move the furniture aside, pick all your favourite tracks and dance!
Turn TV advert breaks into fitness breaks - Pick an exercise to do at each TV break, make them simple: squats, press ups, sit ups. Alternatively play COACH: take it in turns "ordering" each other to "drop and give me 5" or "follow the leader".
Have a weekly sports night - go out and pick a sport to do together, go swimming, play badminton, go to the driving range!
Make your own FIT CARDS (This can be HILARIOUS!) - Create a series of cards featuring family friendly exercises, such as bear crawling or ape walking, shuffle the cards and each person picks a card and performs the exercise
Helping with the chores - Washing the car, sweeping the patio, hoovering the lounge, cleaning the windows: put some music on and sing away!
Family Fitness Ideas in Staffordshire
Top tips to get your family moving
Take it in turns to pick your favourite!
Play hide and seek or be creative and create your own game
Play your favourite sport
Go pick-your-own fruits (apples, strawberries) at a local farm
Go on a bike ride or a hike
Go swimming and see who can tread water the longest or dive under each others' legs
Create an obstacle course
Squirt gun/water balloon fight
Try skating, rollerblading, skateboarding or even ride a scooter
Do your own garden Olympics, create your own events
Summer family workout
And here is our quick no equipment workout that can be done anywhere! It doesn't require any equipment so is perfect for the whole family to do together!