Healthy, Happy, Family.

When I think about my kids, I think about being a good role model for them; someone they can look up to and aspire to be like. This is why being active is so important to me.

Around the world, levels of childhood obesity have been rising for a number of reasons including poor food nutrition and less physical activity. Over a quarter of Aussie kids are overweight or obese, with studies showing that once a child becomes obese they are more likely to stay obese into adulthood. This leads to an increased risk of developing both short and long-term health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

So exercising together as a family is a positive for me. We all get our daily dose, and we get to bond together at the same time. Surprisingly, it seems to be one of the cheaper options too which means we can do it more often. Here are a few activities you might like to choose next time you are planning a day out with the kids or grandchildren:

Bush walking/hikes: This time of year offers the perfect temperature to get out and explore the national parks or coastal areas. There are so many you may not even know exist. Here are a few in Sydney and surrounds to get you started.

Cycling in the park: A great way to join the kids and be active. Some parks rent bikes for the day, otherwise you can always walk the track as they ride.

Swimming in the pool/beach: Whether it be the local pool, backyard pool or beach- what better way to get those kids moving than some swimming races. Swimming is great for your heart and joints, so people find they can manage this at any age. Don’t forget, you can do walking races in the water with the kids too.

Rock-Climbing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP): A fun way to get the family active together, and well worth it for a day out. Depending on the age of your family, you can pick which activity is more appropriate. Kayaking is a great form of exercise, and you can get double or triple kayaks to go out together.

Sometimes nothing beats an old fashion game of backyard cricket, netball, or soccer. Start up a game in the backyard or park. The kids will love it, and it will surely get them off the computer and phone. Whatever activity you choose to do as a family, remember you will ALL be healthier and happier for it – in the short and long term.

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