It can be so difficult to stay on top of your own health and nutrition when you have a young family to take care of. Making time for anything other than your children can seem impossible, and it is often your own activities and hobbies that fall by the wayside first. Going to the gym after work is no longer a priority and that weekly run stands no chance. You can then fall into the trap of not eating at proper mealtimes, snacking late at night after the kids go to bed, and finishing food off their plates. It’s all gone to pot! We know, we completely understand, we have been there. The key to getting back on top is to opt for activities that include your family, ways for you to stay fit with your young family coming along with you.
Cycling is a brilliant family pastime. Children love getting out and about on their bikes, meaning that you get to enjoy some cycling time too. If they’re very young, you can pop a seat on the back of your bike and away you go. If they’re a little older, you will find that you are keeping fit walking or running alongside them as they cycle. Then before you know it, they are old enough to ride with you through the park and you can go out for family cycling adventures.
You can take your baby swimming practically from their birth, so this is one that you can jump straight into. Ideally you will all want to go together and you can take it in turns with your partner to swim with your little one and then swim a few laps alone.
Swimming is an important life skill for all children to learn, so building up their water confidence and swimming skills early in their lives is equipping them with valuable skills as well as providing you with the opportunity to keep active.
Get out on adventures
This is probably our favourite way of staying fit. Use your weekends for family adventures and getting out into the fresh air.
The possibilities are endless. You could go for buggy walks in your local park, you could explore your local zoo or you could all have fun together traversing the equipment at the playground.
There are bound to be local family friendly attractions that provide annual memberships, such as farms and castles, that you could visit regularly. Then there are organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage which will provide you with plenty of grounds to roam, gardens to amble around and houses to marvel at. Your children will love running around at properties like this and you will be out every weekend stretching your legs and getting out of the house.
So there you have it, plenty of ideas to keep you fit and healthy with a young family. Before you know it, you’ll be signing up for Personal Training Courses and running your own family fitness business!