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Family workouts strengthen bonds as well as bodies this Active April

While Premier’s Active April challenges Victorians to improve their health and wellbeing, it also emphasises the benefits of spending time together as a family at the same time as getting that important 30 minutes of activity a day.

Western Bulldogs player and Active April ambassador Liam Picken has lent a hand to kick start the 2018 program at its official launch, together with his wife Annie Nolan and their three young children.

Liam and Annie challenged their kids Malachy, Delphi and Cheska to a family boot camp at a local park, showing how fun and easy it is to get active as a family unit.

“Family fitness activities are a great way for us to keep healthy and active while spending some quality time together,” Liam said.

“We want to show other families that getting in 30 minutes of family exercise is simple to do, whether it’s a kick of the footy in your backyard or utilising the equipment in your local park.”

Recent research from the Australian Sports Commission revealed that only 57 per cent of fathers and 61 per cent of mothers with children aged 15 and younger participate in physical activity.

Minister for Sport, John Eren said he hoped to see more parents exercising with their children for their own health and wellbeing as well as to positively influence young children.

“For many, parenthood can mean a drop in getting out and exercising, as it can be a struggle to balance the demands of parenting and work with finding time to be active,” Minister Eren said.

“Adding a simple activity to your daily routine can become an easy way for families to get away from screens, be active and have fun together.”

Last updated: April 3, 2018 at: 8:29 am

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