CLUB NEWS

20/05/2008 11:05, Report by Nick Coppack

Ryan: Get your family fit

Ryan Giggs is leading a new scheme designed to inspire families to exercise together.

Shaping Up, an initiative from The Children’s Society and United, is a free online guide packed with family-friendly tips on healthy living.

Giggs, still playing top-flight football at the age of 34, didn’t hesitate putting his name to the scheme.

“I helped out with the Shaping Up guide because I think promoting fitness for families is really important," said Ryan.

"Apart from the physical benefits, sport is a great way for families to spend more time together.”

The Children’s Society’s Penny Nicholls agrees: “Staying fit and improving your health together is a really important part of family life.

“Whether it is playing football in the park or going for a walk on a Sunday afternoon, playing sport together is invaluable in building strong relationships and keeping fitness fun.”

The Shaping Up guide can be downloaded for free at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/manutd.

Tips for family fitness

The Shaping Up Guide from United and The Children's Society offers numerous tips on how you could enjoy exercise with family and friends. For example...

"Hold a mini sports day in your garden or a local playing field. Encourage everyone to make up a mini game to compete in."

"Vary the activities you do as a family to keep them fresh. Play football one week, go for a bike ride the next and go swimming one evening in the week."

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