Life as a parent is pretty hectic even on the best of days. With such frenzied lifestyles, staying active can feel like an uphill battle. You just can’t find the time to work out and even worse, your children seem to pick up your sedentary habits.

However, the sooner you start incorporating exercise into your family’s routine, the sooner you can all start reaping the benefits. After all, you need daily exercise and you also need family time. So why not do them together?

Mental Health Benefits Of Active Family Time

It turns out that sharing active play time with your family isn’t just a good way to burn calories and get your heart racing. You get to enjoy these mental health benefits as well:

Family bonding.

Instead of hopping on that solo treadmill for a solitary run, why not round up the kids for a fun-filled workout session? This way, you’ll work in some much-needed family bonding while staying active. When you chase each other around the house, kick a soccer ball outside or shoot some hoops, you are creating precious memories that your children will treasure throughout their lives.

Improved mood and reduced stress.

Exercise is known to stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonins- better known as the happy chemicals. This, in turn, helps reduce depression or anxiety in both adults and children. Working out also burns off the stress hormones that have built up all day, so you’re likely to be friendlier to each other. Simply engaging in activities such as skipping, bike riding or even walking for 30 minutes a day with your children will give you a happy buzz, instantly lifting your mood.

Enhanced mental resilience.

Pushing your body to the limit and teaching your kids to do the same is a great way to develop mental resilience. It teaches them that they have strength and stamina and this will stand them in good stead when they’re faced with mental and emotional challenges. This resilience will give them the motivation to find positive solutions to problems instead of resorting to drugs and alcohol.

Improved self-confidence.

Tackling fitness goals together goes a long way towards fostering self-confidence in your family members. You’ll feel better about investing in your minds and bodies and you’ll gain a sense of achievement when you meet small goals together. Remember to allow your kids to take charge from time to time as this builds confidence that will carry over into other areas of their lives.

Sharper memory and boosted brainpower.

Research has long touted the link between regular physical activity and sharper memory as well as improved brain function, even in kids. In fact, one particular study found that children who are more fit perform better on memory tests than their less-fit peers. So if you want smarter kids, encourage them to be physically active.

Hopefully, these benefits have convinced you to create more time for family play in your busy schedule.

Author's Bio: 

Tyler enjoys going to the mountains near his home in Draper, Utah to connect with his wife and children through camping, hiking, and quality time together. When he isn’t rebooting in the outdoors, he shares his fatherly experiences with the world through writing and creative designs. Tyler shares the ups and downs of family life and the solutions he’s found through lengthy research and involvement in the industry and his own experiences to help parents everywhere. Follow Tyler on: Twitter | LinkedIn