Children learn by example, and if you make a point of including exercise in your daily life, they will be sure to make this a part of their daily activities throughout their lives. Parents can schedule many different types of exercise into their interactions with children to suit different tastes. Here are a just few of the easiest ways to incorporate an exercise regime into your family life.

Look for More Opportunities to Walk

Walking is still one of the most convenient of exercises, with low impact and many cardiovascular benefits. You can encourage your children to take advantage of opportunities to walk by encouraging them to walk the dog with you, walk instead of driving to the local park or participating in a walkathon for charity. Walking is an activity you can enjoy together as a family, and it needs no special equipment.

With today’s busy schedules, it’s more important than ever to find time to spend together as a family. Implementing a family exercise regime will help your children to learn health habits, while it provides time to share conversation and experiences. Find an exercise that works for your family, and you’ll be rewarded with better health and closer family bonds.


Taking a daily jog through the neighborhood is a great way for families to manage weight, improve cardiovascular health, increase lower body strength and improve lung function. Jogging as a group can be a fun way to check out changes in the neighborhood, interact with neighbors and forge closer bonds with your children.

Family Yoga

Yoga offers a beneficial exercise for people of all ages. The standard yoga positions, called “asanas,” can be adapted to suit the very young, those in the prime of their physical condition, as well as for older members of the family. Yoga is beneficial for muscle strengthening, increasing lung function and improving flexibility and balance. It can also be helpful in managing stress. These qualities make it a perfect exercise to share with family members. Places like California Family Fitness even offer family yoga classes.


Bicycling is a low-cost and enjoyable way to improve your family’s health and strengthen family bonds. You don’t have to buy top-of-the-line equipment to enjoy a day in the outdoors with your kids, communing with nature, seeing new sights and strengthening your muscles and cardiovascular system. Pack a snack and your camera for a wonderful day of exercise. Many communities now provide safe bike paths to allow families to participate in this healthy, enjoyable activity.



The term “bachelor” was first used to describe an unmarried man in The Canterbury Tales back in the 14th Century.

In a lot of cases today, Stag Dos or bachelor parties are even more important than the marriage itself. The tradition of celebrating the last night of singledom has gained even more traction with the surfacing of event companies dedicated to the cause.

While the popularity of these bachelor or stag parties is immense in english-speaking countries, other cultures are not far behind. Read on to find out how different cultures celebrate the last fling before the ring:

The Spartans

Ancient Spartans are often credited with starting the tradition of celebrating the last night of bachelorhood. Since as early as the 5th Century, Spartan soldiers would celebrate the groom’s last night as a single man by holding a dinner party in their friend’s honour.

The parties would include a generous spread of their most loved meals, along with a series of toasts made in the honour of the groom.

The Germans

In the German language, a bachelor party is called Junggesellenabschied, which literally translates to “farewell to bachelorhood”. Staying true to the German spirit, the event involved binge drinking of beers, along with mild humiliation and funny costuming of the groom.

In addition to that, the Germans have another pre-wedding tradition that involves both the bride and the groom. Usually held the night before the wedding, Polterabend involves breaking of porcelain earthenware to bring luck to the couple’s married life.

The Fins

The Finnish people have their own way of celebrating the end of bachelorhood which involves some heavy drinking (of course!) and doing something extraordinary. In most cases, the extraordinary tasks are decided by the friends of the groom and are extremely foolish. These dares usually make up for some pretty embarrassing stories that are later shared with the rest of the family.

The British

British call the celebration a stag party, and it is an enormously popular tradition in the British culture. The party is usually organised by the best man of the groom. Since it is such a big deal in their culture, the stag party business in the country is on experiencing an all-time high in terms of demand. Involving pub crawls, strippers, all-night parties, the British take the celebration of singledom very seriously.

In fact, it is common for “stag groups” to fly to foreign destinations for the celebration, where they can let go of all kind of inhibitions and do things that the bride-to-be may not find so pleasant.


Almost everyone knows about the popularity of bachelor parties in the US. After the huge success of Hollywood film series The Hangover, we all have a pretty good idea of what goes down in an American bachelor party.

For those of you that don’t, American bachelor parties are very similar to the British stag dos. Made famous by the Hollywood film series mentioned earlier, the sin city of Las Vegas is by far, the most popular choice for bachelor groups. After all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.


In every culture, there are certain wedding traditions that simply cannot be ignored. While stag or bachelor parties were always a part of this list, Hollywood movies have fortified their importance further.