Charity Leisure Provider in Bid to Help Parents Switch Off Screens
With Britain's winters getting colder and wetter**, half (46%) of the UK's parents fear they are losing the battle to keep their kids moving, with screen time winning over physical exercise.
Talking to parents of school-aged kids across the nation, a new study from Fusion Lifestyle, a leading registered charity, providing quality sport, leisure and fitness facilities to local communities, revealed that half (48%) of the nation's mums and dads are left feeling they should do more to stop the sense of family fragmentation from January - March. Shockingly only one in ten (13%) say they regularly do things together as a family at this time of year with half (50%)of those surveyed also feeling they should do more exercise themselves to set a better example to their children.
According to behavioral psychologist,Dr. Simon Moore, one of the biggest problems we face in our tech-driven lives is losing connection with others around us, adding "this isolation can have a serious impact on our long term physical and mental health. Spending more time on virtual interaction can cause a disconnection from real world relationships, such as those with our families".
With three quarters (76%) of parents polled also saying they would love to find more activities for the whole family to do together, family-fitness experts at Fusion are building on their range of family friendly activities on offer. In addition to family swimming and junior gym sessions, Fusion has teamed up with Badminton England to launch new family badminton classes in a bid to get Britain's families fit together. 'No Strings' is a weekly 'turn up and play' Badminton session for adults and their families and 'The Racket Pack' - a fun game designed for younger players (5-11), with suitably sized equipment and lower nets.
Nick Rimmer from Badminton England said, "Badminton's such a great way to get the whole family involved and moving more. You can't help but feel good after a game as it really works the whole body as well as creating lots of fun and memorable moments to share".
Chris Jones from Fusion added,"Childhood inactivity is a real problem and we recognise that families want to do more together. We're responding to this by developing more activities that people of all ages can get together and play. These new badminton sessions are the first of many family activities to come".
To help families get started, up until the end of March, Fusion is offering a free trial for families. Visit www.fusion-lifestyle.com/offers/ for more information.