Exercise is fantastic. It keeps us fit, healthy and strong, and helps us to set good examples for our children. As a foster parent, exercise can also be a valuable way to reduce stress and care for your mental health, and it offers you an excellent chance to bond with the new addition to your family. Exercising together is a great way to find something in common, build a shared interest, help them to form healthy habits, and it can be a fantastic way to give them an opportunity to talk to you, away from the stresses at home. But exercising with kids isn’t the same as working out on your own. Here are some of the ways that you can keep fit with your foster child.
Explore Your Local Area
Taking a new foster child out to explore your local area is a great way to help them to settle into life with your family. It’s also a chance for them to tell you more about what they like to do and the places that they like to go, and for you to get some steps in together.
Get Out for Walks and Bike Rides
Family days out can be very expensive if you are visiting popular tourist attractions. They get more expensive when you introduce another child to your family. Even with foster pay, which you can learn more about from thefca.co.uk, you might be keen to avoid these kinds of days out. Fortunately, walking, and bike rides are free. Pack a picnic and head out into nature. You’ll spend more time talking, save money and build some muscles.
Go to the Park
Playgrounds are a great way to have some fun together while building strength and fitness. If you are used to sitting on the side-lines and watching, get involved instead. A new foster child might be reluctant to play alone, so let them take you on the swings, slides and climbing frames.
Football and other ball games are a great way to have some fun and build fitness. Playing games like football also appeals to all ages, so if you’ve got a ball, you’ve got a way to have fun and stay fit with any foster child who might be placed with you, regardless of age, background, or gender.
Swimming is a fun activity that most children love. But when it comes to foster children, even older kids might not have had lessons or spent much time in the pool. Take it slow and consider investing in lessons if this is something that they enjoy.
Rollerblading is a brilliant activity to enjoy with children. Kids are generally better at it than adults, so they’ll love watching you struggle. This is a brilliant way to bond, and a chance to break the ice while keeping fit.
However you choose to keep fit with your foster child, make sure it’s fun. Instead of taking them for a walk, tell them that you are going to explore, and let them collect things and climb trees.