It seems like everyone is busier today. Adults with work and household responsibilities. Kids with school and extra-curricular activities (and sometimes a little too much time on Facebook)
These days, as we are all a little more mindful of the need to stay fit, and many parents take the time during the week to keep themselves in shape. But what many families often miss is the opportunity to get active together.
The Benefits Of Getting Active Together
You want your children to grow up to be active adults and avoid sedentary lifestyles that lead to long-term health problems. When parents get active with their children, it sets a good example. You become a positive role model and show your kids what it means to be a healthy individual.
It's also a great way to spend more time together, something many parents feel badly about, as other commitments seem to get in the way of family time far too often. Or the kids are too busy with their own 'stuff'.
So getting active as a family is a wonderful idea. The fact is though, it's hard to convince kids of any age to head to the gym with you, and if they are younger most gyms would not allow them to anyway, as many have minimum age limits.
The good news is that there are lots of ways to bond and stay active together outside of a formal gym. Here are a few for you to consider
When was the last time you went on a bike ride? If the answer is that it's been a while, then the time to get back in the saddle is now.
Not only is biking a great physical activity for both kids and adults but it can also be a great way to explore the great outdoors around you. And did you know that across Georgia there are hundreds of miles of formal bike trails on offer? Marked trails are available for bike riders of all skill levels, even the smallest riders, so there is no excuse not to get out there and ride!
Ice skating is a fun way to burn calories while building muscles and balance (great for younger kids especially) There is something of a learning curve involved for those who have never hit the ice but if you take it slow (and maybe wear some padded leggings) most people pick it up very quickly.
If you skate as a family the little tumbles – and helping keep each up – will all be a part of the fun. And don't forget, yummy hot chocolate is pretty much obligatory after a session on the ice, so there's another bonding opportunity right there.
Be honest–as you’ve watched your kids play on the trampolines, you’ve been tempted to go join in on the fun. Stop thinking about it and do it! Fair warning–those flips and tricks look much easier than they are and there is no shame in simple jumps or racing down the trampoline runs: you’ll have just as much fun as you did as a kid.
Who doesn’t love a game of mini golf? Especially if you can turn a round into a mini-family competition (well as long as you all resolve not to let things get too heated!)
Even if your kids don’t play baseball or softball, they’ll have a good time at the batting cages. Beyond the significant benefit of helping to build hand-eye coordination, it’s a great way for everyone to blow off some steam, especially stressed out adults. So, get out there, pick up a bat and whack away.