How can you get fit as a family?

Putting time aside to exercise can be tricky, especially when trying to fit it into a busy family routine. Getting the whole family involved is not only a great way to spend time together, but also teaches children how to follow a healthy lifestyle. Here are some suggestions on how to get fit as a family, and have fun at the same time!

Putting time aside to exercise can be tricky, especially when trying to fit it into a busy family routine. Getting the whole family involved is not only a great way to spend time together, but also teaches children how to follow a healthy lifestyle. Here are some suggestions on how to get fit as a family, and have fun at the same time!

Go swimming

Why not take a weekly trip to the local pool? While the kids have swimming lessons, you can use the opportunity to fit in a few lengths. You could also play games in the pool - some places have special events where they provide inflatables and equipment.

Get on your bike

There are many local parks and areas of countryside with cycle paths, as well as bike hire facilities. Make a day of it and take a picnic, discover new places in your local area, and try to keep up with the little ones as they pedal ahead!

Dance

Who doesn’t love a good boogie? Put on your favourite tunes and have a pre-dinner dance-off. It’s fun and will get everyone on their feet. You never know, you might pick up some new moves!

Get active for charity

With charity runs such as Race for Life, it’s easy to sign up and get moving for a good cause. Take part in fundraising and train together in the run-up to the event - you could even make it an annual family tradition.

Walk the dog

Turn a daily chore into an opportunity to get active. Go for an after dinner walk, or make it more interesting by running for two minutes then walking for five. Gradually you can build up the routine or adapt it to your family’s schedule. Your dog will enjoy it too!

While you might not be able to pick back up the same exercise routine you had before your injury, it doesn’t mean you have to stop altogether. Check with your doctor or physiotherapist what exercises are safe before starting your new routine. Take it slowly at first and don’t push yourself too hard -you’re still in recovery!