Spring is HERE! Ok I may be ahead of myself by 24 hours but I’m just so excited about the weather warming up and I’m sure I speak for a lot of Melburnians who will be glad to say goodbye to these cold, dreary days.
Is it just me or has this winter felt that little bit longer, colder and wetter? We are a family that love the sun and we tend to go into hibernation a little during the colder months. We still keep active but nowhere near as much as we do when the sun is out.
When bad weather or illness (usually caused by the bad weather) prevents us from doing what we love, the Nichols crew become quite the crabby bunch. “I’m bored”, “What can I do?,” “When will the rain stop so I can go outside and kick the footy,” are the usual comments repeated over and over around here.
I believe that as parents, we owe it to our kids to be good role models when it comes to healthy, active living – that’s one of the reasons I started this blog so I couldn’t wait to get my family on board with the Bupa Family Challenge supporting Healthy Harold.
So what’s it all about? Bupa and Life Education have teamed up and are encouraging families to get active and healthy through a range of interactive family challenges.
Choose from one of 5 family challenges:
We love the idea so much, that we are going to tackle all of them starting with the All Systems Go Challenge. All of our planning was done over the weekend including set activities for each day of the week and the number of sleep hours required each night. These kids of mine better not get out of bed before 7am!
The All Systems Go Challenge is an actual module that is delivered in schools and takes children on a tour to explore the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary and nervous systems.
I have always taught the kids the importance of eating good food and doing regular exercise. What I haven’t done a lot of is talk about how the different systems in our bodies work. It’s fascinating and will help the kids understand why we need to live, healthy and active lives and get plenty of sleep.
The great thing about these challenges is they allow you to sit down as a family, spend quality time together, set realistic goals and work as a team towards achieving them.
We have one kid who is passionate about sport, another not so much, and the toddler who will chase balls around the yard all day if he could. The beauty about these challenges is everyone gets to choose their activity of choice.
So the sporty kid has opted for an obstacle course in the back yard after school whilst the other just wants to play in the park one day after school this week. It doesn’t matter what the activity, so long as they’re moving!
Each challenge lasts just one week which is the perfect time to keep everyone interested and engaged.
So if you’re looking at taking on a family challenge and help create healthy habits in your house, why not join Team Nichols and head over to the Bupa Family Challenge page and register.
There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs including a family trip to Dreamworld, a Garmin Vivofit and a Red Balloon Day experience.