The time I spend with my kids is the highlight of my week. And, not to brag, but I’m pretty sure they feel the same way! From pie week to woodland walks, there is nothing we don’t like to try during family time. So, as an experiment, I thought it would be a good idea to sneak in more exercise and see how it works. As a parent, I have to take their health as seriously as possible, which means I want them to exercise more. I have to admit that I’m not a dad that has my kids running laps around the local track. Still, I do want them to get out and about more, so I’ve come up with a few sneaky tricks.
Use The Car Less
I know that every family will use their car as much as we do, and I also know that it isn’t necessary. Of course, if we’re not going to ditch the car if we’re going on a long road trip. I don’t want to lean on our motor as much, but I’m not a mental case. Most of the time, especially with the kids, the car is a luxury. It gets us from A to B as quickly as possible, and it keeps them quiet. Well, I think that leaving it on the drive is a healthier option. Walking to the shops and back isn’t going to kill anyone, and neither is cycling to school. Plus, this trick is a money-saver because I hope to find lots of cheap car insurance quotes as a result. Oh, and we shouldn’t forget about the cost of fuel, too. More exercise and more money in the back pocket? No one can complain.
Get A Dog
Now, this might seem like an extreme move, but it isn’t for me because I love dogs. The kids love dogs as well, so it’s a win-win in that sense. How will it help us exercise more, though? For starters, every dog needs to go on at least two to three long walks a day. That’s a lot of extra miles a week that the kids and I wouldn’t get otherwise. And, the kids will join me on the walks because they will love chasing the mutt. Of course, we need to sort out a few things first, like making sure we have enough time. But, if we do, I think it will be a great way to get out of the house for all the family. Plus, it will bring us together.
Take Regular Holidays
Kids must love the beach because they go crazy every time we go. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realise how much healthier we are on holiday. For one thing, we walk everywhere and take part in activities like swimming and hiking. Also, we seem to eat a lot better, even though we do like to treat ourselves from time to time. Sure, a family holiday isn’t cheap, not unless we can find a good deal. Still, I always think it’s important to get away from the rigours of life at least once a year. As a family, we benefit mentally as well physically. Who doesn’t go away and come back refreshed?
Make It Fun
When I was a kid, I tried activities that I enjoyed. As a parent, I think it’s vital that we don’t forget about the element of fun. In my eyes, the less fun it is, the more they will rebel. The only way to make it fun is to steer them towards the sports that suit their personality. Because I’m their dad, I don’t see anything wrong in asking them to try a game that I think they’ll enjoy. After all, I know them about as well as anyone on the planet. That doesn’t mean I’ll make them do it for the rest of their lives; it just means I’d like them to give it a go. Kids also gravitate to the sports where they excel, which is why parents have to be watchful and creative. I’ll try a variety if mine children show an interest in racket sports, not only tennis or badminton.
There’s one final thing I have to add, and it isn’t new. It is important, though, so I’m going to say it anyway. When the kids take part in activities, it's about the kids. The time I start to get too involved is the time when they will stop having fun.