Last month I got the opportunity to work with National Fitness Day part of UK Active. As the UK’s largest physical activity celebration I’m definitely happy to be working with them. The whole idea around it got me thinking about my own children. Do I encourage them to be active enough as a parent?
There are so many opportunities available to children these days. I’ve witnessed competitive parents forcing everything on their children. Parents who drop their kids off at their preferred activity and don’t stay around to support their children. Personally my two have one activity each they are allowed to do. Lucy partakes in gymnastics, Conor plays football. The thing is… why do we rely on others teaching our kids to be active? Shouldn’t we lead by example?
How do you encourage your kids to be active?
We’ve always been quite an adventurous family. Even before I caught the running bug. We used to go on day trips to the coast, climb up mountains and take weekly camping trips. Natural ways to encourage your kids to be active without having to put too much of a focus on it.
Recently though, I’ve been thinking a lot more about the kids health in general. This is why I think that UK Active have got it right with the National Fitness Day 2017 campaign.
Their aim is to establish the official day as the most active day of the year. It’s literally for anyone. Whether you want to take your kids swimming, run around the school field or take part in some relaxing yoga. Anyone, everyone can get involved.
By encouraging the nation to get active and celebrate at the same time they’re hoping to highlight the importance of both physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle across all generations.
You can’t beat the benefits of exercise and research suggests that if you exercise with someone else, you are more likely to stick at it then if you go it alone.
This years National Fitness Day 2017 is on Wednesday 27th September and you can join in with the #Fitness2me social media campaign leading up to the day.
People are joining together through the magic of the internet and sharing what fitness means to them across their channels and encouraging their audience to do the same.
I haven’t always been a runner. In fact, up until 2016 I hadn’t stepped foot in a gym, worn trainers or owned any type of fitness gear for well over 10 years. My husband and I kick started our health and fitness last year after an unexpected illness which allowed us to re-evaluate and realise that there is more to life.
I got the chance to guest post on the National Fitness Day blog as part of the campaign and you can read the rest of my guest post about what running means to me here.
Are you getting involved in this years ultimate active day? I’d love to hear what you have planned!
– Emma –
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