Getting children interested in exercise can be difficult and establishing healthy habits in early life are vital. Exercising as a family can be not only beneficial for children but parents too.
Establishes healthy habits
Shocking figures have highlighted that there are now 124 million obese children worldwide. Children develop habits early in life and most often than not these will be taken into adulthood. Therefore, the earlier healthy behaviours are established the better. Parents who encourage children to exercise as a family are minimising sedentary behaviours of watching TV or playing video games. Children who have had exercise as a fun part of their everyday life are more likely to exercise when they are adults.
Increasing activity levels
Exercising as a family will get everyone moving and will be beneficial to the whole family’s health. The NHS states daily exercise is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Consequently, children aged 5 to 18-years old need to be doing at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and on three days a week. It should also include exercises for strong muscles and bones. Adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily in order to remain healthy. The NHS recommends they should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. Exercise is essential if you want to live a long healthy life! Thus, is key to preventing numerous diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia and obesity.
Exercising as a family can mean you will be working as a team. Therefore you will need to communicate and work together. Children may also be more willing to talk and be open about their lives when being active as a family. Likewise it will help to build happy family memories.
Provides fun-filled family time
Exercise can be seen as a chore. Therefore, it’s important that children view physical activity as a positive fun activity. This makes exercising as a family the perfect opportunity to do so. Children view parents as their role models and constantly watch their every move. Hence why exercising together can make for fun family bonding. Whether it is swimming, playing tennis, trampolining, football or basketball, you can make it as fun and silly as you want.
If you are looking for a fun family workout, why not try PRAMA at David Lloyd?
PRAMA is the new action-packed family playground with a giant interactive space (floor and walls) with flashing lights and music. In the space there are families all working out together in a fun, team-building way. It’s a high-tech interactive area that uses lighting and sound to create a really unique workout for you and the family. Plus, there are adult only classes, too – so you can make the most of PRAMA in a way that suits you best. You can burn up to 1,000 calories a session. They currently offer PRAMA in David Lloyd Bushey, Port Solent, Acton Park and Beckenham. It is coming soon in David Lloyd Bolton and Farnham.
Incorpore offers a discounted gym network that not only benefits the employee but also human resources and rewards teams by giving them the opportunity to engage more with their staff and build better relationships. Offering discounted gym memberships and wellbeing services can boost productivity and help reduce staff absenteeism as regular exercise reduces proneness to illnesses. Thus, saving your business money in reduced productivity and missed opportunities. Incorpore offer two gym solution products: GymFlex and My Gym Discounts.