How to set out a physical activity plan for your family
- Existing activities – examine which physical activities your family currently take part in. Prehaps your child does an extra mural, you enjoy an evening run or your family hikes each Sunday. Chart these into your plan first.
- Options – for those families not yet active, or for the families wanting to add more activities that include all family members sit down and brainstorm some activities first. Make a list of options that meet your family dynamic, interests, energy and physical level and that are age appropriate.
- Time limits – set time limits to how much physical activity you wish to participate in each week. This could be a 30 minute walk or a 1hour hike. By having a time limit it will help the less enthusiastic members of your family to complete the activity. This also sets the basis to physical activity becoming a habit in your weekly routine.
- Be flexible – Remember that life happens and many factors could determine you not reaching your goals for the week. Mood, health, weather or other engagements. Instead of feeling guilty or frustrated rather enjoy your family in a less demanding way.
Some low cost family activities
Not every family has the resources to join gyms, add additional extra murals or endulge in new exercize equipment.
Every family can enjoy these low cost and free activities to become healthy.
Low cost family activity ideas
- Walking – walk around your neighborhood, in the park, at the beach or walk the dog
- Ball games– winter is the perfect time to bring out those soccer balls. cricket sets or other ball games.
- School yard games – games like tag, hide and go seek or red rover on the yard or park will keep the kids entertained.
- Fly a kite– Cape Town autumn winds are perfect for kite flying. You could make your own first then see who flies their kite the highest.
- Park runs – join a local park run . These are every Saturday morning and great for all ages.
- Beach clean ups – use your physical time to do good and join a beach or river clean up
- Bike rides– family bike rides or scooter rides are great to not only see your neighborhood but to keep fit too.
- Roller skating – Go roller skating, roller blading or ice skating.
- Dance parties– for bad weather you could turn up the music and have a dance party.