You probably don’t need us to tell you why regular exercise is important for you and your loved ones. By improving overall physical and mental wellbeing, it is of course a major key to a long and fruitful life. But have you ever considered the prospect of exercising as a family? Read on as we take a look at just some of the amazing benefits associated with family exercise.
There’s no doubt that exercising from a young age helps to develop healthy lifestyle habits that can last a lifetime. Simply put, exercising as a family will enable you to help teach your children the importance of participating in regular physical activity early on, giving them the foundations to lead a happy, healthy and physically active life.
Between the stresses of work and school life, social commitments, and general life admin, it can sometimes be hard to find time to bond as a family. Exercising together is proven to strengthen family relationships by improving communication and creating memories which you and your loved ones will cherish forever!
When we talk about the value of regular exercise, we tend to focus on its physical benefits. But as well as helping us to fight off a wealth of potentially life-threatening illnesses, staying active is proven to train the brain by improving concentration and sharpening mental focus. As a result, exercising regularly as a family is likely to have a direct impact on work and school performance.
Let’s face it: life can be stressful, demonstrated by the rising number of adults and children who are suffering mental health problems, often put down to financial, academic and social pressure. Exercising together can not only serve as a great stress-reliever but also help to improve communication between parents and their kids. Be it a walk in the woods or a kick-about in the park, family bonding paired with positive encouragement can build confidence and self-esteem in children.
First and foremost, exercise should be enjoyable, otherwise you are likely to get bored, disillusioned and stop it entirely. This is perhaps especially true for children, who may not understand the health benefits associated with regular physical activity and be more excited by the latest video game or Snapchat filter. So, although it’s great you are thinking about exercising more as a family, finding an activity that is suitable for everyone can be tricky.