Wouldn't it be great if everything in life was free and a walk in the park can be - but you and I know as parents kids need more than just a walk in a park to burn off that energy and having some equipment will really help you as a family get active and have fun together. This week for our last post for the #WomanKind campaign with Weight Watchers UK I'm giving you some suggestions of equipment for the park, beach, woods and your own gardens that can help you get active and have fun together as a family. Because, when you smile and have fun you are so much more positive about life and what is going on.
Equipment for Getting Active as a Family
I'm not going to go on about all of the right shoes etc... instead some suggestions for toys/games that you can get and have fun together.
A selection of balls is good - we have tennis balls, footballs, softballs, rounders ball, ping pong balls, play golf balls and beach balls. Why so many - because they are fun. Growing up my parents had a vegetable rack in the shed to store garden equipment and one of the racks was full of different sorts of balls - we always needed a lot as they were forever being lost over the fence to our neighbours or landing in the pond never to be seen again.
Having a selection of different bats perfectly compliments the balls and sticking a bat and ball into the car next time you head to the park or beach means that you can all get active. A cricket bat - you don't have to know the rules exactly you can make up your own family Park Cricket game rules, how about a rounders or baseball bat that means you can invite other people to join in forming your own teams, a couple of tennis bats or even enough for all members of the family - use bags or coats for a imaginary net and your away.
If you have a small lawn then consider a swing ball - you remember those 80's garden games hitting the ball backwards and forwards against each other to see who could get it to their side first. We've just got one of the kids, and it has a football version and a tennis ball version - double the fun and practice for the kids for the PE lessons at school. How about a badminton net, shuttlecock, and racquets - you don't have to know the rules just hit it backwards and forwards to each other and you will be laughing trying to capture it. We're waiting till we move house to get this last one - but a basketball/netball hoop for the garden, it was something I always wanted but we never had a house that would be able to have one - but if you do have a house then they are fun. You can play singularly against another person or in teams - kids against Mum or Dad!
Just a few more suggestions of little things that are easy to get hold of and have at home or keep in the car - skipping ropes both single person or long ones for letting everyone have a go, frisbees, handball, hula hoops all those classic garden toys that we had growing up - they are still as much fun if not more so now you are grown up.
#WomanKind with Weight Watchers
Over the past 3 weeks I've been sharing ways to enjoy yourself getting active, eating healthily and having fun as a family this Spring and Summer as part of the #WomanKind campaign with Weight Watchers. All of this has got me smiling and you know what, that smile instead of seeing the woman in the mirror where I didn't want to really make an effort, I was content to have another cookie from the jar despite already having two because it really didn't matter is no more - instead, it's the mum that has everyone dressed and out of the house at 9am to go to the park for a run, looks in the mirror and is taking pride in her appearance, smiling more and laughing. That change in negativity to positivity is an amazing motivator to do more - I've signed up for a Yoga class and have started doing my exercise DVD again on an evening. The #WomanKind campaign has a fantastic video that shows the difference of runner and how having that positive attitude can improve the run by 21%. For me, I would be happy with just a second improvement but 21% is amazing.
This is a sponsored post for the #WomanKind Campaign for Weight Watchers UK.