As a parent, your primary goal is probably to raise healthy children. One of the most important things you can teach your children is to live an active lifestyle. Research shows that inactivity is even more dangerous than obesity and with kids spending more and more time in front of computer and TV screens, it’s more important than ever to get out and about and burn off some energy. In the summer, it’s easy to spend time outdoors and engage in activities that enable you to let off steam. When it’s cold or damp outside, it can be tougher to stay active. If you’re a health-conscious mum, here are some weatherproof ideas to get your family moving this autumn.
Swimming is fun, you can do it when it’s pouring down outside, and it’s usually fairly easy to find facilities in the local area. If you have a pool nearby, find out about child-friendly sessions and invite friends along. As well as having fun splashing around in the water or careering down slides, kids will also burn loads of energy swimming. Swimming provides a full body workout, and it’s really good for building strength and stamina.
Spending more time in the garden
You may think that the days of chilling out or messing around in the garden are running out, but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can spend longer in the outdoors by making some simple adjustments to the space. The first thing to do is make sure the garden is safe, so install some outdoor lighting to enable you to make the most of the area when the nights draw in, and it gets dark in the afternoon. Section off some areas of the garden for child-friendly activities like sports or alfresco games and use patio heaters to keep you warm and cosy throughout the year. You can read reviews of options like Firefly heaters online. If you have small children and you’re worried about using standing heaters, it may be best to opt for wall-mounted versions. Once you’ve got light and warmth, you’ll be able to use your garden all year round.
If you’ve ever been to a trampoline park or bounced with the kids on a trampoline in the back garden, you’ll know how tiring it is to keep bouncing. Trampoline parks have become big business, and there are new facilities opening all the time. This is a great indoor activity you can do on your own with the kids or with friends and family. Jumping up and down and doing tricks will tire the children out, as well as giving them the opportunity to have loads of fun.
When it’s raining cats and dogs, and you’ve got energetic children running around the house, an indoor playground can be a godsend. You don’t have to worry about the weather, your kids can socialise with others, and they can tackle all kinds of obstacles along the way.
As autumn approaches, every mum thinks about those days when it’s miserable outside, and the kids are full of beans and crying out for activities that let them burn off excess energy. Just because it’s cold and wet outside, doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Hopefully, these ideas have got you thinking, and you’ll be ready and raring to go if the forecast isn’t looking great.