Regularly engaging in physical activity is essential to the health and wellbeing of your family. But after a long day at work and school, you and your kids may not feel in the mood to be running around the sports pitch. However, no matter how tempting it is to come in and get straight on the sofa to watch some TV, it is crucial for all the family that you try to be as active as possible.
While research tells us that adults need around two and a half hours of exercise a week, kids need about 60 minutes a day, and there is no limit to how much physical activity you can enjoy as a family. Therefore, we have put together our top three tips to make being more active as a family a whole lot easier, and much more fun!
Set Specific Activity Teams
It is safe to say that kids like routine and they need the stability that it offers for them to get used to a particular schedule or the activities that are required of them. Therefore, we suggest that you set aside specific times of the week especially for physical activity so that the whole family knows when it is taking place.
This is also a good way to ensure that you all take part as often it is difficult to get all members of the family free at the same time. But by having a designated time and date you can engage in physical activity as a family on a regular basis without too much disruption to the rest of your life.
Engage in Team Sports Together
There is no denying that sometimes being more active as a family requires a significant amount of time and effort, which after a long day at work is more than you can muster. However, taking part in teams sports together is a great way to ensure that your family is having fun while also getting the exercise they need.
From playing games together in the garden or local park to joining a local sports team as a family, there are lots of different ways that you can make team sports a part of your family’s weekly schedule. You can even practice your skills together by using practice pitching mounds made with quality high-density foam to help you improve your pitching arm!
Lead By Example
While we understand that it is tough for adults to juggle everything that is required of them, from keeping on top of things at work to being a good parent, and still making time for themselves. But it is crucial to lead by example when it comes to family physical activity as if your little ones see you being reluctant to get involved in sports or exercise, then they may start to feel the same way.
The same goes for general day-to-day activities such as going to bed late and feeling exhausted when you wake up in the morning. Every time you do something in front of your child, you are teaching them that it is acceptable for them to do it as well. So be sure to always set the best example for your kids and it will be easier for the whole family to be more active.
Being a more active family is not an easy or quick task, and instead, you have to commit to the challenge over the course of your kids’ lives. However, by setting aside the time each week and making it a fun activity that all the family can enjoy, you can ensure that you are all getting the exercise you need for a happy and healthy lifestyle.