Fitness instructor doing HIIT workout

Keep the family fit this summer!

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.

Get Moving

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

No need to travel far!

Take a walk up to Stafford Castle

Cycle the Isabel trail (the old railway line)

Exhaust yourselves at Flip Out indoor trampoline park

Go to the Town Park

Play Laser Tag at Tenpin

Go on an adventure at Cannock Chase (take a picnic)

Row a boat at Trenham Estate

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

Go swimming

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!

Let us know how you get on with our suggestions and be sure to send any photos or videos of the family keeping active over the holidays to stafford@gym-tonic.net or uttoxeter@gym-tonic.net; we'd love to hear from you!

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