I believe that if anyone was asked to think of a film maker who brought magic into their lives, their first thought would be Walt Disney. Their films have touched the heart and soul for generations.
Now, Disney have sprinkled more of their magic and launched the #HealthilyEverAfter campaign in a bid to help us all think a little more about our heart and soul, but this time from a physical perspective. BritMums invited us to share our thoughts and, because Disney have so many characters which inspire us all on so many levels, you will find just some of their quotes throughout this post as well as in my video.
One of the first films that Ross, Grace and I ever watched together as a family was Disney’s ‘Lilo and Stitch’ and it has meant a lot to us ever since. Grace has had a Stitch soft toy since around the age of 3 and she met Stitch when we visited Disneyland Paris back in 2010.
We now regularly use the words ‘Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten’ – and this rings true with all areas of our family life including our exercise and our eating.
How do your kids inspire you to get active?
As Ratatouille said ‘You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul‘. One of the first forms of exercise we started together on a regular basis was a family karate class last September. This takes place every Friday evening and, the more of us who do the class together as a family, the better deal we get on the price. The great thing about it is that we are having fun whilst we exercise. The class starts with a warm-up followed by lots of different sets of moves. On top of that it is really good for your discipline and focus. Grace really inspires us to get active and we support and encourage her too.
We have also recently started up Park Runs. Our first one was towards the end of last year and Grace was very proud of herself to get round in less than an hour. She didn’t find it easy – and nor did I for that matter – but we were all there for each other, supporting and cheering each other on.
Grace also joins me out in the garage for many of my treadmill sessions!
What gets your family excited about playing outside?
Dumbo once said ‘Don’t just fly, soar!‘. Never a truer word spoken when we regularly stop by the local park and play area on our walk home from school. There is plenty of equipment including a roundabout, zip wire, slide and, of course, swings. Our family certainly get excited about playing outside – this includes the big kids!
Another thing that we do together is go swimming. I am not a big lover of swimming but, as Rapunzel in ‘Tangled’ once said ‘Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it’ – and she is right. The joy I see on Grace’s face whenever she is swimming really is worth it. The pool is just down in the town so, to add to the exercise we get, we use it as an excuse to go for a family jog together. This form of exercise is definitely one of Grace’s favourite things. Disney have put together a number of videos to promote their campaign and the little girl in the ‘Finding Nemo’ video particularly resonated with me as she reminded me of Grace and the fact that she regularly asks if she can go swimming.
We’ve made a video which shares with you our karate sessions as well as a bit of family jogging. It also includes a little guest appearance from everyone’s favourite Elvis-loving Alien!
We have all vowed that we need to get fitter as a family this year and these are just some of the ways that we intend to do it. What about you? How do your family stay active? Is there a regular activity that you all enjoy together? You can join in and share your stories on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #HealthilyEverAfter.
Disclosure: This post is part of Disney’s #HealthilyEverAfter campaign with BritMums, sponsored by Disney. Share your stories and be inspired at DisneyHealthyLiving.co.uk and live #HealthilyEverAfter.