4 Reasons why being active as a family is important

Posted: 24th Jul 2015

Category: Families

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So the summer holidays are here! No, please don’t panic. Let 2015 be the year that you fully embrace the beauty of the 6 weeks summer holiday with the family.  First step, see it as an opportunity to make a positive difference to your family’s lifestyle. After all, the greatest gift you can give your family is your health.

Here are 4 simple reasons why it’s important and some good tips on how you can incorporate family fitness into your summer fun.

1. Extra Motivation and support

Studies consistently show that exercising with friends or family will dramatically increase the likelihood of you achieving a goal. What’s more when you achieve that goal you’ll be celebrating your achievements with people that you love and care for.  – What could be more rewarding than that? 

Simple tip - Why not set a team family goal? Say to take part in 12 hours exercise each week for the holidays…This way you’ll all be contributing (and developing Team skills) and be immediate support for another family member if they’re feeling down or unmotivated. If you're unsure of where to start why not speak to instructor today and book in for a KickStart Programme to see how easy you can incorporate family fitness into your lifestyle. 

2. Lifelong Habit

Exercise is a habit. Introducing the importance of exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle will reinforce a positive attitude towards exercise from an early age early. It soon becomes the norm in their everyday lives.

It doesn’t need to be much. Sometimes the simplest activities can be the most effective and most fun.

Simple tip –Try the Change 4 Life Disney Shake Up as a family. You’ve seen the TV adverts and heard it advertised on the Radio so why not join in for yourself. It’s so simple and the resources are great and best of all they’re free! Visit the Change 4 Life website to and download your FREE resource pack for your family.

3. It’s affordable 

Use it as an opportunity to discover activities that are fun and affordable, keeping the kids entertained in the holidays can be an expensive affair…but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a bit of organisation, research and imagination. There are many free open days and events run throughout the summer in your local area. Social media is one of the best ways to find out about family activities in your local area.

Simple tip - Aim to attend one event a week throughout the holidays which incorporates family activities.  

4. It’s Fun

The fourth and final reason, and probably the most important is that it’s so much more fun to share your experiences with your loved ones. There are many activities that are so much more fun as a family take for instance a bike ride, a trip to the park or a dip in your local swimming pool.

Simple tip - Home in on one activity that you all as a family really enjoy and set yourself a realistic target, say to do this activity as a family at least once a week or maybe once every two weeks until it becomes a routine. Even after the holidays try and incorporate this activity as a treat. That way exercise will be associated with positive experiences.  

So there you have it, four really simple tips and reasons getting active as a family this summer. 

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