's Guide to Getting Your Children Active!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 General News
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LONDON, June 16, 2010 Whether it is half term, a weekendor holidays it is so important to ensure that you give your children thechance to be active inside or out especially when the weather allows you the healthy active living site has pulled together some topideas to entice your children away from the TV and the computer screen givingthem a chance to let off steam.

Park Life - The chance to head to the park to the playground reallybrightens up a boring day. Walking too and from the park, playing games suchas hide and seek and the chance to explore allows children to have littlemore freedom in a controlled environment. Ooh and it's free too!

Treasure Hunts - Normally associated with Easter you can use this gameall year round with different prizes. Simply make up teams pair children withparents, and then get hunting. With the excitement of looking for clues andfinding prizes everyone will forget they are exercising.

Activity Trips - Heading to the zoo or a farm for the day is a great wayto spend a whole day doing an activity. Walking around an attraction for theday will be enough to wear out parents, let alone children.

Hit a Play Barn - These indoor play centres have sprung up all over theplace nowadays and offer a great opportunity for children to have a load offun running around obstacles all indoors. Generally parents get a good workout too trying to find their little ones amongst a room filled with sponge,balls, and rope.

Fun Run - Obviously not suited to younger children but there are so manyfun runs around that you are bound to find one in your area. They offer agreat way for a whole family to be involved. Enjoying exercise in anon-competitive way, and children love medals and rewards. Even if you've gota younger child who wouldn't be able to compete you can ensure they getinvolved by cheering on from the sidelines on your shoulders.

Sports Matches - Getting involved in a sport from an early age is soimportant. For children getting involved with a sport that has matches, andgames at weekends is a great way to motivate them to practice and get moreinvolved. They don't have to be involved in school teams they could play atlocal clubs and participate in a whole range of different sports.

Cycling - A fantastic fun filled way to get exercise. Plan your routesaround parks and places to stop and have a rest, little one's can be strappedinto seats on the adults bikes, slightly older kids can enjoy cycling ontheir own and challenge their parents to a race! If you don't own your ownbikes there are plenty of places to hire them from.

Kicking a ball - A kick around in the garden or the local park - is anage old favourite. You can't beat running around with a ball with families ofchildren of any age whether it's a football, rugby or even just a tennis ball- get out there and practice some ball skills!

Swimming - Swimming or just even playing in your local pool providesloads of fun and entertainment. A great family workout that brings a smile toeveryone's face especially on holiday on the beach!

There is no excuse to be staying inside and being a couch potato family.Kids will love to be doing something different especially as ideas like theseare all fun and you can make them even more special with your own specialtouches like including a picnic on your walk or cycle ride. There is no needfor the word boring to be included in your children's vocabulary whendiscussing their weekend!

For more information on getting active, and leading a healthy activelifestyle visit or contact Fiona Gibbins on+44(0)20-7202-7982 or email


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