Finding the time to you need to exercise when you’re a parent can be a particularly difficult task, especially when your children are very young. Whilst running round attempting to keep up with your hyper-active four year old can prove to be more energetic than you’d think, it may not quite be the fitness regime you were hoping for.
Whilst it’s important to spend time with your kiddos, spending time doing the things you enjoyed pre-children is extremely important too – especially if it means leading a healthy lifestyle. Of course, while your children are not quite at the walking stage just yet certain activities may not be parent-child friendly; but as they grow there are plenty of sports you can enjoy together.
Teaching your children to ride a bicycle is such a rewarding task and it will fill you (and them!) with pride when they finally get the confidence to banish the stabilisers! Providing your children with a trike from a young age will stand them in good stead for when they get a little older and move onto a more grown up bike. When they reach the age when they feel safe and secure on two wheels rather than four, then venturing out into the countryside is a great way to explore the great outdoors and keep fit whilst doing so.
Whether you’re spending time at the local park or enjoying a family outing to the seaside, cricket is a superb way to encourage the whole family to keep fit together and get up off of that sofa! Whilst the children are younger, it may not be as physical as you’re used to but as they get a little older, playing cricket can be a fantastic way to encourage some healthy competition amongst siblings. Investing in high quality equipment that is built to last such as cricket bats and the right protection, will mean that the sport can be enjoyed time and time again!
Swimming is a fantastic activity to enjoy with your children as it can be done from a very young age – and it gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality time together whilst keeping fit. Swimming is a great workout for your whole body and will help to keep you looking toned and is beneficial for those of you with bad backs or achey joints. The best part is, swimming hardly seems like exercise at all and is a fantastic way to unwind after a particularly stressful day.
Perhaps a tad unconventional in comparison to other sports, but ice hockey can be plenty of fun – provided you have the correct equipment to keep you safe whilst doing do. This is a pastime that should be saved for when your children get a little older as any sport carried out on ice can mean some tumbles, especially if you’re not steady on your feet at first but once you both become a little more confident you’re certain to forget the bumps and bruises!