When was the last time you and all the family enjoyed a nice long walk in the countryside? Lots a or families struggle to find the time and the energy to get out and about. And if your kids are all different ages, you might find it tricky to find activities that everyone will be keen to do. Like most Mums, I love to get out and about as much as possible. It offers so many health benefits. So how can you combine quality family time together with some healthy fresh air?
It’s easy to struggle with a long walk if you have a toddler or baby. Toddlers will always walk much slower then anyone else. They will also tire very quickly. But this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be a part of a nice long family walk or hike. Try using an all terrain pushchair like the Jane Crosswalker when you take your tiny tots out. That way, you can let them walk as much as they are able, and then let them rest in the pushchair as they need to. It’s pretty handy for stowing your snacks and drinks for the day too!
Tweens and teens are always looking for a bit of fun and adventure. Your heart may be in your mouth as you watch them climbing and balancing high up. But it’s good for their physical development to let them try new things. When you’re choosing a family walk or adventure outdoors, try to pick a path that will offer the kids something extra to do beyond walking. If all the family have bicycles, then an afternoon exploring one of Britain’s hundreds of cycle paths
could be ideal. There are plenty of accessories to ensure you are all safe, and that babies and toddlers can ride along too. It’s a great way to improve your fitness and stamina as well. Muscle strength will increase, and you’ll be able to travel greater distances in a shorter time. Picnics are so much fun for all the family. Even a moody teenager likes to eat picnic food. There are thousands of beautiful designated picnic areas throughout the country to choose from. Of course, if you’re a little short on time, why not head to your local park for a meal? Eating outdoors is thought to aid digestion, and it can be a great way to relax. All that fresh air and extra daylight can do wonders for your mood as well.
If you have a bat and a ball, you could take the whole family over to your local playing field for a game of rounders or cricket. Without a doubt, there will be other families and kids over there that would love a chance to join in. Not only are you all staying active, but you’re enjoying the benefits of a heightened social life! Great fun.
Whether you have a couple of hours or the whole day, there is no need to sit around at home suffering from boredom. Pack a bag with snacks, drinks and wipes. Then head out into the great outdoors for plenty of family fun.
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