14 ways to get fit as a family in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 12:14 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 24 March 2016
Have fun and instil a love of fitness in your children by exercising as a family. Hazel Sillver suggests great ways to get fly with kids of all ages
Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Worthing
Yoga is one of the most relaxing forms of exercise available, so many mums-to-be and new mums find it a lifesaver amidst the stresses of pregnancy and new family life. Sally Parkes offers classes (and teacher training) in both prenatal yoga, which calms and prepares your body for birth, and postnatal yoga for you and your baby.
Dog Walking, Shoreham
Consider getting a four-legged family member from the Dogs Trust rescue centre in Shoreham. It’s a responsibility, but can hugely enrich family life. Research by the Dogs Trust shows that 42 per cent of families take more exercise together if they have a dog; the study also found that having a dog can teach children care and responsibility, provide them with four-legged friendship and make them more physically active.
01273 452576; dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/shoreham
Water Sports, West Wittering
Doing water sports as a family provides great fitness and a social life, as well as the basis for lots of active overseas family holidays. Get in the water together in the beautiful lagoon off West Wittering Windsurf Club’s sandy beach. X-Train’s friendly instructors will teach you to windsurf, kitesurf or stand-up-paddleboard (SUP); there are kids’ courses and clubs on offer, as well as adult tuition and family sessions – including SUP instruction on the eight-person paddleboard.
01243 513077; 2xs.co.uk
Lawn Tennis, Angmering and Littlehampton
Enjoy a family game of lawn tennis at Angmering-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club (which has four artificial grass courts) or Howard Lawn Tennis Club (which has four real grass courts). Both clubs welcome junior and adult players of all abilities, offer coaching and encourage a social, family atmosphere.
Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Crawley
Prepare your body for birth during the relaxing prenatal yoga classes at Loose Yoga Studio; after your newborn arrives, recuperate and re-strengthen, with baby alongside you, at the fantastic postnatal classes run by Lucy Leslie.
07930 406 878; looseyoga.co.uk
Pre and Postnatal Pilates, Lewes
Midwife and HypnoBirth Practitioner Wendy Wilkinson offers calming classes in prenatal pilates, which will boost the flexibility and strength required to give birth, as well as postnatal pilates, for mums and babies over six weeks, which will help your body to relax and restore strength.
01273 475 649; wendywilkinsonhypnotherapy.com
Family Disco, Brighton
Baby Loves Disco is a daytime dance party for parents and kids playing floorfillers from the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and today. Shake your stuff on the dancefloor with your baby cradled in your arms and your under-sixes grooving at your feet.
07986 527947; babylovesdisco.co.uk
Buggyfit, Brighton and Hove
Personal trainer and mum Jessica Daltrop offers a fun workout in Hove Park and Queen’s Park. BuggyFit classes entail a three to five-mile power walk, as well as exercises to strengthen and tone muscles, and improve posture.
07845 372752; buggyfit.co.uk
Martial Arts, Mid Sussex
Learn the art of karate together. Sussex Karate offers martial arts classes for children and adults in Albourne, Sayers Common, Newick, Fletching, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Hurstpierpoint; SAMA offers martial arts lessons for all ages in Brighton and other locations across Sussex, including Lewes and Newhaven.
Mountain Biking, Seven Sisters
Hire bikes from Friston Cycles and head off together into the leafy surrounds of Friston Forest, the wilds of Lullington Heath or the coastal beauty of Cuckmere Haven. Guided rides and family discounts are available.
01323 870310; fristoncycles.co.uk
Horse Riding, Crowborough
Trek across the gorgeous heathland of Ashdown Forest on horseback. Ashdown Forest Riding Centre offers escorted treks on the many bridle paths that dissect the 6,500 acres; lessons are on offer for new riders and pub treks (hacking to a pub and back) are available for experienced riders.
07818 093880; ashdownforestriding.co.uk
Parkrun, Eastbourne and Hastings
Parkrun is a family-friendly timed five-kilometre run held at 9am every Saturday at locations up and down the UK. In Sussex there are great events in Hastings (Hastings Seafront), Eastbourne (Shinewater Park), Horsham (Horsham Park), Haywards Heath (Clair Park), Crawley (Tilgate Park), Chichester, (Oaklands Park), Bognor Regis (Hotham Park), Brighton (Preston Park) and Hove (Hove Park and Hove Seafront).
Kitesurfing, Camber Sands
Enjoy coaching in a range of water sports at the Kite Surf Centre on Camber Sands beach. Learn the fun arts of powerkiting, kitesurfing, kite landboarding, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kite buggying with BKSA instructors.
07563 763046; thekitesurfcentre.com
Family Yoga and Mummy Yoga, Eastbourne
The Yoga Life Studio offers a range of grounding, calming yoga classes for families and youngsters. As well as Teen Yoga, they run Family Yoga for all the family and Mummy Yoga, for both mums-to-be and mums and their babies.
07812 052742; yogaeastbourne.com