family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness

I’ve mentioned a few times recently how we’ve been taking part in a Family Fitness (#familyfitness) campaign with Argos. This is officially the BEST gig we’ve ever had. Especially if you’re Gabby. We were able to chose from a selection of outdoor equipment like these trampolines. The conversation went like this…

“Gabby would you mind wearing a fitness tracker for the next week or so in exchange for a 10 foot trampoline?”

“Are we getting a trampoline – yeeeeeeessssssssssssss!”

“But this is work so you’ll have to wear a special bracelet for a while, is that OK?”

“Of course it is! We’re getting a trampoline…” and she ran off with her arms in the air.

It’s pretty awesome to be a blogger kid at times. And I love the premise behind the whole campaign, encouraging people to get out and enjoy fitness as a family!

All Gabby and I had to do was keep track of our daily activities, be it swimming, bouncing, biking or walking, and our mood before and after the activity, and wear a fitness tracker. We chose the Misfit fitness trackers because they’re easy to clip on (so gets around the issue of little people with small wrists – but actually the strap did fit Gabby anyway) and you can shop the whole range of fitness trackers here at Argos. The tracker would monitor our activity (number of steps over the course of the day) and also our quality of sleep. The rest was up to us, we just had to be active and have fun together!

Here’s what we got up to…

Family Fitness – our activities

1. Bouncing

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - Trampolining

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - Trampolining

 

2. Playing in the park

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - Trampolining

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - Trampolining

3. Walking in the woods

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - walking in the woods

4. Walking at Castles

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - walking at Aydon Castle

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - walking at Belsay Castle

5. Biking

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - biking

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - biking

6. And more bouncing!

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - Trampolining

7. We also went swimming (but that doesn’t lend so nicely for a photo), played catch at 5:30am…

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - CATCH

8. And did some action bubble blowing!

family fitness - our experience of doing more activities as a family #familyfitness - bubble blowing

The results

It was a fab project and so interesting to see the data afterwards, not least my quality of sleep!! In my post How to sleep to the Max, I mentioned how much Reuben had been getting up during the night. Actually, despite the broken nights, I think I’ve been getting a good amount of sleep – between 7 and 9 and half hours sleep!! And it was great to see that Gabby was getting on average 10 hours. She is officially sleeping more than the toddler!

It was also interesting to see the coloration between our most active days and sleep. For example, on the day we went walking in the woods, Gabby did over 16,000 steps and slept for nearly 11 hours. Not jealous at all!

We have sent our data back over to Argos with the other bloggers who were taking part and we’ll find out in June what the results were. So watch this space!

What Family fitness plans do you have for the May Half Term holidays? Do you have a favourite activity that you like to do as a family?

I’d love to hear all about your activities and if you find your kids sleep better after a day of fun outside! Please do leave me a comment below.

 

Linking up to #FitnessTuesday hosted by the lovely Mirka!