Alternative Fun Fitness Activities for You and Your Child

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If you’re looking for an active weekend that will be enjoyed by you and your child(ren) but at least one of you is tired of the same old football, tennis and swimming activities, why not try something different? There are thousands of other exciting sports out there. Plenty can be enjoyed by adults and children alike without having to gather another ten people to join in. 


Skateboarding is great exercise and enjoying it with your child means you can watch over them and ensure they stay safe. If you’ve already got a board each then head off to the local skatepark or flat piece of land and practice until you both get tired.


Otherwise there are many indoor skateparks that provide lessons or will likely let you borrow a board each to get to know the ropes. Skate Hutcan help with any other gear if you both fall in love with skateboarding.


All you need for volleyball is a high net (you could use a badminton one) and light ball. It can be played with as few as two people so is perfect for you and your child. Volleyball involves plenty of running around, reflexes and speed so will improve fitness while having fun.

Bog Snorkelling

Lots of children take swimming lessons every week, but doing the same repetitive lengths can get a bit dull. Bog snorkellingmakes it more exciting by taking place outside in a peat bog while wearing flippers and a wetsuit. It provides more of a challenge for both of you and the novelty is sure to get kids interested in swimming and nature at the same time.


Dancing involves absolutely no apparatus at all but can be a great fitness exercise if you and your child are keen. If they already go to classes then practice with them at home or find a routine online to learn one day. It allows them to be creative and gain enjoyment through exercise at the same time.


There are many health benefits to kayaking that include improved endurance and strength as well as being quite a peaceful activity. It is great for adults and kids alike, especially if you are both beginners. You can take it at your own pace so there’s no pressure but you will need to live near a lake. Being a decent swimmer is advised.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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