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Although it feels like the schools have literally only just opened, the Easter Holidays are upon us. It is great to have the kids back at home, of course it is – kind of. The only problem is that they are surely going to get in the way of your new routines. They must do, right? Well, not necessarily!

In this edition of the Keeping You in the Game blog, we will look at some ways to make sure that you don’t lose out on your time to exercise and incorporate your kids too.

It may sound obvious, but the role that a parent plays in their child’s likelihood to exercise and get involved in physical activity is massive! Children who are regularly encouraged to exercise and eat well, will generally do just that.[1] Children also learn by imitating behaviours from a very early age, therefore modelling behaviour is a powerful tool for supporting a child’s learning – so if they see you exercising and having fun; they will want to join in too!

 

  • Turn your walk into a story walk – this may require a little bit of pre-planning, but the pay-off will be worth it! If you, like a lot of us, have taken up regular walks into our routines over the last year or so – you will want to keep up with that habit and a great way of keeping the kids engaged whilst on a walk is to tell a story on your route. Maybe you could make up a story with your kids as the protagonists or the old the classic – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a sure-fire winner!

 

  • Organise a scavenger hunt (or an Easter egg hunt!) – this might sound like it needs a lot of planning, but it doesn’t need to! A great way to get to your daily step goal could be to head out to your local park and think of some items to look out for – a big leaf, a stick, a piece of bark, how many dogs can you see? It is a great way to connect with nature and enjoy the (hopefully!) improving weather.

Happy Hunting! 

    • Invite the kids to join in with your workout – this can be a great way to share your exercising habits with your children and make them feel involved. They can count your reps, tell you when to start or, if they are a little older, they can exercise with you!

     

    • Active video games – this is a great way to merge your child’s interests with yours! There are a wide range of games that focus on helping you to stay active and are a subtle way of encouraging your children to exercise whilst keeping fit yourself!

    • Go on a family bike ride – If the weather allows it, this is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon. If you are feeling very active, you can have the kids ride bikes with you while you run!

     Who knows what you'll find while exploring! 

    • Turn your garden/indoor space into an obstacle course – Okay, this one is a little bit more out there. However, with a bit of pre-planning you could make an amazing obstacle course!

     

    • Host an old school sports day! – I am talking your egg and spoons, your sacks, your dressing ups, your three-legged races – revel in the nostalgia!

    Ultimately, the best advice we can give you is to focus on the fun. Here at Sport in Mind, we think that sport, physical activity, and exercise should be fun first – and everything else second. Use your imagination and see what you can do to keep yourself active – maybe get involved with Sport in Mind’s 10th Anniversary campaign; Do 10! and show us what you come up with between the 10th and the 17th of April!

     

     

    References

    [1] - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130618113652.htm