Finding family fitness activities that engage and suit every member of your tribe can be tricky. This is especially true in this digital age when the ways for children to entertain themselves at home, without lifting a finger, are countless. Bonding as a family can be hard, especially with other distractions pulling you in all directions. And this is where family fitness activities that encourage bonding and cultivate a sense of togetherness can help. To this end, we at Write Up have put together a few tips for your family fun.
1. Play the kids at their own games
You might struggle convincing your little ones to throw themselves into a game of badminton or a round of golf. However, a game of tag or quick kick around with a football offers far greater odds of success. By engaging with your kids over games they likely play in the playground with their friends will bring you closer together. Anyway, who says tag isn’t a perfectly legit way of keeping fit? Certainly not us.
2. Get to work together
Perhaps you have a big DIY project, or a hefty garden maintenance operation to get stuck into. If so, rope the kids into and put them to work. Yes, it’s a family fitness activity because you’ll be working with them too. It’s also a good way of getting these big, physical jobs done. At the end of the day, with your lawn pristine and new shed erected, you’ll all feel a glow of pride at a job well done. An end-of-job reward being on the cards will keep the kids going when the going gets tough, but you’ll also find that you’re having a laugh and enjoying it too.
3. On your bike
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how fast you can go, bikes are fun. Whether you’re racing or taking a gentle group ride, you’re all bound to have the best of times. If your children aren’t currently able to ride a bike, you shouldn’t delay teaching them. It’s a great skill to have, and the learning process will encourage family bonding. Once all the family are confident and proficient bike riders, the world is your oyster as you pedal after adventures together.
4. Do it for a good cause
Of all the great family fitness activities you can take part in, none are perhaps worthier, or promote more of a sense of unity than those done for a charitable cause. Fun runs, bike rides or swimming galas – it really doesn’t matter what the activity is, as long as you do it together and for a good cause. If there is an issue or cause that is particularly close to your family’s heart, and you can support it via a physical endeavour then this represents a great opportunity to experience a bonding fitness activity. All whilst making a positive difference for a cause you believe in.
5. Go on a treasure hunt
This is one of the family fitness activities with an awful lot of fun and imagination thrown in. Feel free to use Easter eggs – or anything really – as your ‘treasure’. After all, the fun is in the hunt. Working in teams is what makes this one of the most enjoyable family fitness activities and will result in a bonding experience.
Whichever family fitness activities you choose to embark upon, you will not regret the experience that will result in you being fitter, healthier and closer as a family.