Do you struggle to convince your kids to get off the couch and put the consoles and tablets down even when it’s warm and sunny outside? If you’re keen to be more active this summer, there are loads of ways you can make exercise fun and encourage your children to spend more time in the great outdoors.
Making your garden child-friendly
When there are blue skies, and the sun is beating down, you want to be able to make the most of those long summer days and enjoy some quality time together. If your garden is more of an adult oasis or it needs some TLC, take steps to make it more appealing to your children. If the backyard is a child-friendly area, your kids are much more likely to want to swap the living room for the open air. You don’t have to sacrifice your own space to make your garden more versatile. Use fences, structures, or different materials, such as decking, bark chippings, and flagstones to create distinctive areas that are geared towards different members of the family. If you have young kids, they’ll love playing in a sand pit or taking on a mini obstacle course made from logs, stepping stones, and slides. If you’ve got older children, set up some soccer goals or place a basketball hoop on the wall.
Encouraging friendly competition
Even if you don’t think you’re the most competitive person in the world, we all have that competitive spirit. If there’s something up for grabs or somebody to beat, we’re likely to try harder and enjoy the process more. If you’re keen to get your kids to be more active this summer, why not have a look online for trophies and medals, and plan a competition based on the mini leagues or the Olympics? You can find out more by shopping around online and get some ideas for games from the video games your kids play and the kinds of activities they participate in at school. Create a score sheet, set a time frame, and reward the winner and the runner-up at the end of the event.
Plan some active days out
If your days out usually involve going to the movies or visiting museums and galleries, try and introduce some more active adventures. Dust down your bikes and go on a ride through the hills or visit a national park and hire some kayaks. Go for a walk along the beach on the weekends or take a frisbee, a football or a cricket set to the park. Go ice skating or rollerblading or visit the local outdoor pool if the weather is nice.
Summer is the perfect time of year to make it your mission to be more active as a family. If you’ve got kids who are glued to a screen in their free time, or you’re eager to get out and about more, there are loads of fun activities you can try. Spend time together in the garden, get competitive, and plan some outdoor adventures.