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Share your top tips on how you get your family active as part of a healthy lifestyle with Disney’s Let’s Go campaign - £300 worth of Disney store products to be won NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Apr-17 18:09:01

As part of Disney’s long-term, global commitment to Healthy Living, Disney is launching Let’s Go week. They’d love to hear your top tips on how you get your whole family to be active together as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Disney say "the launch of Let’s Go week follows research which revealed the importance of doing activities as a family with over half of parents and children saying that being active with their family would make them want to be healthier. While the majority of children revealed they look to their families to inspire them to lead healthy and active lives. The research also revealed that time is the biggest barrier cited by parents and children preventing them from being more active as a family – whether that’s because of work, school or children’s busy schedules. Let’s Go week marks the beginning of a series of video tips that will run from 10th April to the summer, offering inspiration on quick and simple activities families can do together".

So how do you encourage your family to be active? What sort of things do you like to do together or do you encourage the kids to do or try? How do you keep them going with active things? Please share your top tips on this thread (and if possibly on social channels using #DisneyLetsGo) and you will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will win a £300 bundle of goodies from the Disney Store (including a Belle Soft Toy, a Buzz Lightyear Talking 12'' Figure and a Elsa From Frozen Animator Doll and lots more!)

For more information on Disney’s Let’s Go week and how you can use Disney’s characters as inspiration to encourage your family to be active, see the video below:

Thanks and good luck
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vickyors Mon 10-Apr-17 20:30:40

Me and my OH are super active- we met skiing and we used to instruct. He surfs (used to be professional).. so our elder daughter (4yo) swims already, and she cycles unaided, we go climbing, and she knows I run; she can cycle 3km while I run. We teach her that there are no limits; that if we fall, we're learning. That I make mistakes all the time. That aching muscles is our body speaking to us. And she's been skiing 4 times, because it's cheap for us to go with out former work.. and I can't wait for our one year old to join in!

Megansmumsie Tue 11-Apr-17 00:36:09

We try to keep as active as possible, like i've said before due to some health issues it's painful for me to do some activities but our daughter loves to go swimming! Our nearest pool is quite a distance away and too much to walk there, swim and walk back so we get a lift there, spend an hour in the pool, we have a break and a bite to eat and then walk home.

This year we've got our daughter a big pool for the garden so that on days when she's not at the leisure centre (basically days when i just can't) she can swim (small lengths) in garden.

We home educate and my daughter has breaks on her trampoline to keep her active, she plays football and hockey on the grass. She's always finding different things to keep her moving! This year i'm getting her involved in yoga- she has some bowel problems so this is something she can do as much of or as little of as she likes.

She's up for trying new things all the time, she recently had her first ever go on a rock climbing wall- she was a bit scared but loved it all the same and her fear didn't put her off once, she just wanted to keep going for it!

123julie321 Tue 11-Apr-17 00:53:06

1) We often have family holidays that are active - skiing and snowboarding, snorkelling, surfing, swimming and diving, etc. It's so fun, great for discovering new talents.

2) In every day life, we tend to centre family bonding time around active activities rather than lying on the sofa together (although that's fun sometimes too!) Instead of having too many couch potato days, time together can be more "quality" when we're active, going to the pool together, having a walk on the beach or even just playing football together in the back garden.

3) I encourage the kids to join as many active after school clubs and hobbies as they would like. It can be expensive, but it's worth it. My son loves football and karate and my daughter is a great gymnastics fan.

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Tue 11-Apr-17 10:22:06

Marry a hill-walker! He loves sharing his hobby with the dc, and has learned to modify the walks according to each individual child's likes and abilities.

Hygellig Tue 11-Apr-17 10:33:57

We always walk to school and nearly always walk distances under a mile (children are 4 and 6). The children both enjoy swimming and have lessons once a week (which we walk to) DS does karate which he enjoys.

They will sometimes do a walk of up to three miles, particularly if it's somewere interesting, but DS prefers to ride his bike. We used to love walking but so far they don't share our enthusiasm. I would like to do a skiing holiday if I can persuade DH who a) doesn't ski and b) doesn't particularly want to spend several thousand pounds on it.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 11-Apr-17 11:36:19

We try to lead by example. The DDs (6 and 3) know when I'm going for a run and often ask to come too, so I end up doing an extra run with them afterwards (usually only a few hundred metres, but at least they're keen to try!). We involve the whole family in fun runs or supporting me/DH at races if possible.
They see DH working out at home and join in, doing push-ups and pretending to do pull-ups etc.
We try to go swimming as a family but don't manage to go as often as I'd like.
When we're out for a walk and DD2 complains that her legs have run out of energy, I try to encourage her with little runs, looking for things along the way etc - a bit of competition and distraction can get her quite a long way.

starlight36 Tue 11-Apr-17 11:52:16

We don't have a car so do a lot of walking either to and from school or to the park etc. Both DC have scooters and bikes and love to use these to get around.
We take part in lots of 'trails'. Last weekend we did the Moomin trail at Kew, we've also done all the Forestry Commission organised trails in recent years - Stickman. Gruffalo etc. It is amazing how they don't notice how far they are walking if there are fun things to look out for!

jan35 Tue 11-Apr-17 11:52:59

when we go to the beach we bring a bag to collect shells, that keeps dd occupied for ages. she then comes home and paints them.

asuwere Tue 11-Apr-17 12:04:46

I'm not the fittest but I really try to encourage the DC - they love being outside and active anyway so that's good. We always walk to school and during the holidays, we'll walk to parks further away. We also get on the bus then walk home via as many playparks as we can smile

littledinaco Tue 11-Apr-17 13:56:24

Out and about as much as possible, beach, park, woods, etc. Take picnics so can spend the whole day out.

NauticalDisaster Tue 11-Apr-17 16:21:25

Start early, before they can object to bring out and about. It just becomes part of what you do.

Lead by example, let your children see you being active, normalise it.

Package it up as adventure! My children always ask what adventure we are going on today and would go stir crazy if they had to stay in all day watching TV.

mumsbe Tue 11-Apr-17 16:32:13

As a family we walk every where. The children do swimming, dancing, gymnastics, yoga, tennis, climbing wall and scooting. My children are a lot more active than me because I spend most of my time waiting around for them to finish their activities.

Chelsea26 Tue 11-Apr-17 17:48:43

We try to walk as much as we can and whenever we are walking we're organising short family races so we actually run most of the way!

EmmalinaC Tue 11-Apr-17 18:19:50

Get a dog! We've got two - an elderly lab, and a young spaniel who needs a lot of exercise. Gets us out the house every day in all weathers.

GiraffesAndButterflies Tue 11-Apr-17 20:22:55

The most regular activity for me and the DC is dancing. Basically because when they're tired and hungry I dance to cheer them up and then they join in! Surprising how out of breath you can get while waiting for the pasta to cook!

allthingsred Tue 11-Apr-17 20:41:23

The kids love going out on there bikes. Even if just up to the local park.
We all enjoy going out for a walk & picnic in our hill & woods. I love the views the kids all start searching for the gruffalo!

GeekyWombat Tue 11-Apr-17 20:51:50

Sunday morning walks at the beach (well DH and I walk and DD runs / skips / puddle jumps / collects shells etc). We've got waterproofs and cold weather gear so barring high wind we're there every weekend and she loves it. There's loads of nature trails near us which are great fun for us all as well.

Regular swimming lessons and holidays that involve a lots of swimming, exercise etc (we're of the Center Parcs fans half of MN as opposed to those who think it's a bit Stepford).

Annual pass for the local farm with play barn, trampoline area and lots of places to run and climb.

And if the weather's dire and we can't get anywhere else there's dancing in the living room (Go Jetters theme a retro style favourite at the moment) and short bursts of energy burning with episodes of Mickey's Mousekersize on the Disney Life app Chromecast to the TV.

Ashhead24 Tue 11-Apr-17 20:59:31

National trust is pretty good. Woodland, beaches and a property with lots of parkland locally so lots of nice walks close to hand, with the added benefit of an ice cream at the end.

danigrace Tue 11-Apr-17 21:07:11

Just saying 'let's go for a walk' doesn't always appeal to the children, but if we say lets go exploring and we can dip our feet in the stream and hunt for wildlife (or try and spot fairies smile ) it all of a sudden becomes an amazing outdoor adventure that everyone is eager for!

boptanana Tue 11-Apr-17 22:32:27

We try to walk wherever we can, go for adventures to the beach, or the forest etc. We limit screen time and the children spend lots of time in the garden keeping active.

BigBroIsWatching Wed 12-Apr-17 00:13:19

Walk, walk and walk some more! We try to use the car as little as possible. My son thinks it is "fun" checking the inbuilt pedometer in my phone. He tries to do as many steps as possible each day and treats it as a competition, albeit a fun one!

foxessocks Wed 12-Apr-17 06:54:36

We are always on the move , waking somewhere, in the garden, at the park, swimming, soft play even hoovering is active and we show our dd that it's good to be energetic and not have the TV on all the time!

georgedawes Wed 12-Apr-17 08:52:09

We go geocaching, it's brilliant for kids! For those that don't know, it's just like an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS (so all you need is a smartphone). It gets us visiting all manner of new places and our daughter races along to find the 'treasure'. There are literally millions of geocaches across the world, so you're never too far from one. It's absolutely brilliant and we wish we'd heard of it sooner.

Amaksy Wed 12-Apr-17 08:58:47

Going to the park always does it - so much to do; walking, playing ball and running around

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