The days of kids being out all hours playing in the street are long gone.
In some respects, this is a good thing; we can rest easy knowing our children are safe and that we know where they are. But, on the other hand, it means children today are much less active. They do a little PE at school and maybe go for the odd trip to the park. But, they don’t spend hours running around with their friends as we did. Instead, they sit at home playing video games and watching TV.
In fairness to the kids, we’re also much less active than the adults of years gone by. We also spend a good deal of our time on devices, we drive everywhere and work much more sedentary jobs.
Spending time doing physical activities as a family is a wonderful way to reconnect without stresses or distractions. Here are some great ideas to help you get started.
Swimming is a brilliant way to have fun as a family, and it can be as serious or funny as you want it to be. Whether you spend an hour at your local pool racing, practicing handstands or splashing around with younger children, or you head out to a water park for fun on the slides, you are sure to have a fantastic time. Enrolling your kids in swimming lessons is a great way to make sure they are safe in the water while you play.
Softball can be as complicated or simple as you want it to be. You could get some friends and family together for a full game in the park on a Sunday morning, following all the rules and taking it seriously. Or, a couple of you could mess about with a bat and ball in the garden. That’s the beauty of softball.
Football is another game that you can do what you want with. Messing about with a ball in the park, or joining teams and setting up leagues. Either way, you’ll run around, burn some energy, have fun together and improve your fitness.
Kids love ice skating with their parents. Especially if their parents aren’t very good at it. This is one that definitely shouldn’t be taken seriously, laugh at yourself and let the kids see you fall. It will help to boost their own confidence.
Scavenger hunts are much lower impact than some of the other options, but still, an excellent way to get moving, with the added bonus of being educational. Look online for some ideas and printouts or create your own sheet of things to find. Try to make it seasonal for a greater opportunity to learn. Then, go for a walk. Scavenger hunts can be anywhere, just make sure you pick items that it’s actually possible to find in your area.
Try to fit these activities into your weekends. You’ll be closer, fitter, healthier and have a better relationship with nature while setting a fantastic example for your children.
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