1.) What all are the physical activities that a family can take up together? 2) & What are the benefits of them?
Generally the best choices will either be individual tasks where the family members can motivate each other and still be social, or group activities which require team work.
Individual tasks include: Exercise, dance, swimming, rock climbing, golf, skiing, and hundreds more.
The benefits of these are that it improves independence, but still the joy of seeing others close to you succeed.
Team tasks include: Team sports, hiking and active puzzle games.
The benefits of these are that it improves team work and camaraderie.
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3.) What is your area of expertise?
Exercise for physical and mental health.
4.) Do you train families or have you come across families that workout or exercise together?
Yes occasionally I do train with families, however personally I prefer to train siblings together and the parents together.
I do this for a few reasons: firstly when training younger individuals it requires more individual focus to keep the exercise very safe. Secondly adults and children respond to different types of encouragement and mentoring; and lastly the type of exercise is also different, with a greater focus on fun for younger individuals.
5.) What age group do you cater to?
Almost any age, however depending on the age the parents and family physician may need to play a role.
6.) Do you think it’s a good idea for parents and children to take up certain activities together and how is it beneficial?
Any group activity is beneficial for families to do together, especially if there is a physical component. The group activity nurtures teamwork and camaraderie between the family members which arguably is one of the most important things in life. The physical component means you get the added benefit of improving your physical and mental health of the whole family, resulting in a longer and happier life.
The social and physical components together work in numerous ways to stimulate stress relief and closeness between the family. Studies show that doing these sorts of activities together increase oxytocin and serotonin which bring the family together emotionally, and additionally the exercise release endorphins which combined with serotonin and oxytocin increases happiness and relaxation.
7.) Anything else you would like to add?
There are 2 main important things to take away from this.
Firstly the activities should focus on the fun of it and the bonding. That way the activity will remain exciting for years to come, and consistency is the biggest factor in physical health. This focus also means the social benefits are the strongest.
Secondly the habits made early on very often last for the persons entire life, so think about the exercise the kids do and the way they eat from a young age, as it will certainly affect the person they will be over the next 50 years or more in a significant way.