Sunday, 1 October 2017

Family fitness goals | Part two

Autumn has arrived and we're a few months into our family fitness kick with David Lloyd. Want to find out how we're getting on? Course you do!

If you remember our initial intro to David Lloyd was back in June when we stepped through the doors for the first time. We set our goals in this post from July and three months on we're still regular visitors to the leisure club. Big tick for that first one (looks like we're not those people with gym memberships but never go - one of my fears!).

Predictably, our activity is still centred around the pool, where the kids are now very at home both indoors and out. Before our big summer holiday to France, we spent much of the school holidays soaking up the rays around the outdoor pool and keeping a toe in the water while swimming lessons were on hold for the summer. Every day of sunshine was an opportunity for a splash and invariably an ice cream

One of the big issues with blended families is scheduling: how little time you all get together and how you choose to spend that time. So there have been occasions where one of us will take half the kids, or both of us will go alone (working in the adult area is a very relaxed and pleasant experience!). I find myself heading up after the school run two or three times a week for classes or a workout on the treadmill or cross trainer, so I'm probably the person who's benefitted most from membership if it's purely frequency of use you're looking at.

But you can't underestimate the value of familiarity. The kids are all very at home at David Lloyd - they know the layout, where the loos are, how deep the pools are. Plus, members of staff are incredible friendly and welcoming to all ages (even when the kids are completely hogging the iPads in the kids' area or the iMacs in the cafe!).

And the kids' holiday club was a total lifesaver for us. I had been a little concerned about what experience the holiday club staff has with kids with SEN so I had a long chat with them over the phone. They are experienced in a wide range of kids with different profiles and I felt reassured that the kids were in safe and caring hands. A change to our schedule meant we didn't need to use the holiday club in the end, but I'd have no hesitation in booking in the kids in the future.

Would I recommend family membership to David Lloyd? 100% yes! For all the reasons above, but also because getting kids to view exercise and fitness as an everyday part of life is so essential and something I didn't really have as a child. I'm hoping they will actively opt in to this way of life, both for their health (physical and mental) but also out of the sheer enjoyment of it all.

For more on family fun at David Lloyd, visit the website.


We are working with David Lloyd Leisure who have given us a family membership to try out. 
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