As your children’s main role models, it is important to set a good example to follow.
Many believe that incorporating fitness into a family lifestyle can be burdensome, associating fitness with lengthy plans, equipment and having to find time which is often not available. Improving fitness as a family does not have to be complicated – it can be enjoyable and can reinforce family bonds.
Parents who regularly participate in exercise with their children are teaching them extremely valuable lessons and laying the foundations for a healthy adult life. Regular exercise is important for the growth and development of children and can be a great way of combating stress and improving mental wellbeing.
There are lots of fitness facilities which promote the involvement of families. Various sports classes and clubs offer family classes which actively promote the involvement of both children and parents. Many gyms around the area offer family gym memberships and classes. Get your children to write a list of classes and hobbies that they would like to try and give it a go as a family!
Make sure to save time aside for family fitness – allocate a certain time of day to taking a brisk walk together, take the dog on a walk as a family, go on bike rides at the weekend or even just allow time for playing outside together.
Reduce screen time and set limits to time spent in front of the TV, the computer and on mobile devices. Children watch and mirror their parents’ every move – your children will pick up sedentary habits if they believe it to be the norm. If you start to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle and show an active interest in exercise and fitness, your children will soon follow.
Good habits start early on in life, so it is important to ensure that you incorporate fitness into your family life to encourage benefits for both you and your children.