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Why you should exercise as a family

05 October, 2014

There are many important, valuable reasons to exercise as a family, not least of which is the obesity epidemic in Australian children. No matter the make-up of your family, forming good exercise habits will have a knock-on effect on the general happiness of your household and the relationships between each family member.

Here are some good reasons to get moving:

Create memories - Coming up with new and innovative ways to get the family moving may include coming up with games in television ad breaks, which will stick in your child’s mind as something that you enjoyed doing as a family. No doubt they won’t even realise they were exercising.

Kids copy what you do - From a young age, you are their main role model. You’re able to set good exercise habits and influence the way they view their health simply by doing it yourself. In the first few years, children need to get moving for at least an hour a day; during this time you may find that you learn more about what your child likes/dislikes and what they need to improve upon in regards to their motor skills.

Prioritise family time - If you organise to walk after dinner, play sports every Wednesday afternoon or even sign the family up for a fun run, you are inadvertently prioritising family time while teaching the importance of health and fitness at the same time. Plus, studies have shown that kids who continually play sport have better bone density and even stay more out of trouble when they grow up. Taking a walk is also a great time to check in with each other to make sure everyone is doing ok.

Undoing years of bad habits may seem like a daunting goal for an entire family, but putting family-oriented exercise at the top of your weekly to-do list has benefits for both the physical health to the mental wellbeing of each person in your family. Plus, you’ll be having fun!

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