I wrote this post a few years ago. Since I’m getting ready to start running again in the spring after waiting for my hip to heal, I thought I’d inspire us all to be active with our kids. After all, we’re their role models for a healthy lifestyle.
Be Active with Your Kids
This spring, be active with your kids. Get outdoors and go for a walk. Or take your bikes to a local park for a ride. Learn how to roller skate (just remember pads for falling down!).
As the parent, you set the example for a healthy lifestyle which includes daily activity.
This past Saturday, my daughter came with me to the track and ran a few laps with me while I was doing my 3 miles. Now she’s only 5.5. She has the heart of a runner; she would keep running all day long if I let her. Since she’s young and growing, I encouraged her to take breaks, to run slower, and to ride her strider if she didn’t feel like running.
While I love to be active with my younger kids by doing runs together and nature walks, including them doesn’t always mean that my level of exercise is as intense as I would like. As a mom of 5 with limited time to exercise, I need to go into activities with my kids with appropriate expectations. As my kids get older and stronger, we can add in activities like biking and running together.
Take them someplace where it’s okay if some of the kids get a little ahead
When I took my kids to the Heinz Refuge this summer, we brought their bikes, and I walked. The older ones could go ahead a little while I stayed with the little ones as long as they came back and stayed within shouting and seeing distance.
Take them to a track where they can participate at will
The track I took my daughter to this weekend has a small playground next to it, and it’s also bike-friendly. My daughter ran the first lap with me, and took a break to play on the playground. When I came back around for another lap, she joined me again. I kept my pace a little slower to stay with her.
When I brought my 8 year old son to the same track, we rode bikes together to the track. While I ran on the track, he rode his bike next to me. Then, we rode together back home. The track is about a mile from our home.
Go for a longer, slower walk
I like to take the kids over to a local college which has an arboretum. We walk around the campus at our own pace, exploring and visiting our favorite spots. 90 minutes is usually enough time for all of us to be moving. We’ve also done nature walks the same way.