Family fitness is something that’s really important to me and I’ve been searching for ways that we can do activities together, all year round. Keeping fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a slog and with kids, you really need to make sure the activities are fun and interesting. If it keeps them moving and smiling then it’s a win-win.
Here are my four fun-filled activities for fitness!
I used to go ice skating after school once a week for the entire of High School. It was amazingly fun and something I did with a few friends and my mum. Ice skating is a top aerobic workout and really gets you moving. Ice skating lessons start as early as three years old and by five to six you’ll be amazed at your little ones outmaneuvering you on the ice. It’s also something that the whole family can do together, with ice skating rinks usually offering both lessons and open ice skating time when anyone can join in. Even if you don’t go regularly, you’ll find once winter hits a lot of Christmas markets have an ice skating rink and it’s a really magical activity to celebrate together.
One of the things I disliked most about ice skating was having to use hire skates and I think it’s really worth investing in a pair of your own. Skate Hut offer a wide range of ice skates for both the beginner or the more experienced skater. With prices starting from £30, you really won’t break the bank to get the whole family a pair of ice skates of their own. They will be in good condition, fit well and be tailored specifically to your needs whether it’s just a light skate now and then or if your little one wants to be the next ice hockey pro. Skate Hut offer free delivery when you spend over £30 and hassle free returns too!
Skate boarding has really taken off over recent years and whilst you might think it’s something just for children and teenagers, it’s really not! Go to any skate park these days and you’ll find parents having fun as well. Skate boarding provides a kick-ass cardio workout as well as strengthening muscles and getting the adrenaline flowing. It’s a fun way to exercise and experts have been telling us how important it is to have fun in order to relieve stress too!
Skate boarding is something that you don’t need to go to a specific place for as you can enjoy it in any park or area that has well paved areas and this means it’s free too! Just make sure you invest in a good skate board, knee and elbow pads and helmets for little ones.
I’ve talked before about swimming with a newborn, because I’ve been taking William swimming since he was 6 weeks old. In fact, it’s one of his favourite activities! Swimming is a low impact exercise that absolutely everyone from newborn to grandparents and even great grandparents can enjoy. You can take it easy in the general area or give yourself an intensive workout in the swim lane whilst clocking your timing. It’s so flexible, can be done all year round whatever the weather and is relatively inexpensive too. My mum loves taking the baby swimming because both over 60s and under 2s get in free to any of the local council run swimming pools.
All you need is a swimming suit and a good pair of goggles and you’re set!
The last of my four fun-filled family activities to keep fit and healthy is going to be biking. I have a lot of fond memories of biking and I hope that once my son is old enough to ride a bike we’re going to be heading off on some family rides. Biking has the advantage of you being able to get outside in the fresh air and explore places you couldn’t otherwise get to. You can cycle through wooded trails or along coastal paths. If you’re not ready to invest in a set of family bikes, you can often hire bikes for the day or a week if you’re on holiday.
Ice skating is definitely my favourite of these activities and having a son to think of is now giving me new motivation and ideas to up my fitness game for all of us.
Whatever you do, keep yourself and your kids moving, smiling and having fun together!
This post was written in collaboration with Skate Hut.