Ah, the Easter holidays, a time of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate…you name it. In among all the indulgence and screen time that comes with the school holidays it might seem like there is no time or place for keeping fit. So, how do you mix exercise and entertainment?
Well, help is at hand in this blog post where we are going to talk about some top ideas for activities for your family this Easter.
First though, let’s have a look at why you should be encouraging exercise in the Easter holidays.
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Benefits of Exercise (even a little bit)
There’s no doubt about it, exercise is good for you - regardless of your age. Not to get too serious about it but according to the NHS, regular exercise reduces the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lowers your risk of early death by up to 30%.
So, how much exercise should you be getting?
The NHS recommends that children aged 5 - 18 should be getting around 60 minutes of moderate exercise per day. In case you were wondering; dog walking and walking to school both count as moderate exercise.
Take a walk this Easter holidays
One of the easiest and best ways to get exercising as a family is to go for pre or post dinner walks. If time or work constraints make that impossible then why not try and schedule in a short walk at the weekend?
Did you know? Even just taking a twenty-minute walk per day is really good for your health!
Visit a park
If you’re lucky enough to live by your local park then it can be a great place to exercise. Going to the park with your kids and throwing a ball about, racing one and other, playing on the equipment or even just running around having fun are all great ways of exercising this Easter.
Play in the house
Playing inside the house can be a great way of exercising with the kids this Easter. Why not try and energetic game of ‘hide and seek’? Or get the family together and try to follow an exercise video on YouTube; both are great ways of staying fit and having fun indoors.
Visit the beach
Dorset has some fantastic beaches that not only make for a great day out but also make for a wonderful place to exercise this Easter. Visit the iconic Durdle Door, run along Chesil Beach, looking for fossils along the way or head down to Lulworth Cove for a fantastic running along and playing on the beach.
Dorset Waterpark - Exercise and fun
This Easter Holiday there’s really only one place to go for exercise and fun, that’s Dorset Waterpark! Our two lakes one with a 65 metre and the other with an 85 metre epic action loop. We’ve fantastic inflatables, monkey bars, a wiggle bridge and so much more to keep you entertained and active over the Easter holidays. What’s more, we’ve got showers, changing areas and even a Snack Shack for refreshments after you’ve had a fantastic day out. Find out more about the fun that awaits you at Dorset Waterpark in our blog here.