Being physically active is an important life skill in the early years. Not only does regular activity increase physical and cardiovascular health, but it can also improve sleep, reduce stress, increase attention and minimise illness. Because habits and preferences children develop early in life will shape their choices and behaviours for years to come, it is critical to establish good physical habits now. One way to build fitness into a schedule is to turn it into a family activity. Not only is daily physical activity a healthy goal for everyone in the family, but it also provides us with an opportunity to be together and enjoy one another and offers an excellent model for young children as they see the adults in their family having fun with fitness right alongside them.
Here are a few ideas that everyone in the family can participate in:
Walk about it: A daily walk is a perfect way to reflect on the day and learn about what's going on in each other's lives. Allotting 20 minutes after dinner for a walk in the neighbourhood is an awesome idea.
Healthy hobbies: Many of us have a list of things we want to do when our children get older, But why wait? take up an online Zumba class and teach your children a few moves and dance away.
Keep it simple: Getting more physically active does not mean signing up for a tennis class. like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking to a supermarket instead of driving.
Outdoor fitness fun: like visiting the park every weekend, kite flying, riding bikes, gardening.