April 15, 2016

You don’t need to be a runner to run

Getting out there and running with your kids is a wonderful way to stay active, stay happy and set a good example for the little ones. Why not try this weekend? Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an athlete or a runner here are a few ways to get started! So often we find ourselves sitting down to watch the kids play – today I challenge you to really break a sweat and run with them! Depending on the ages of your children, you can modify:

  1. Play a game of tag
  2. Say “I bet you can’t catch me!” 
  3. Pretend to be sharks and minnows and “swim” away from each other
  4. Declare the yard a beehive and “buzz” around looking for pollen.
  5. Visit a nearby trail for some fresh air and enjoy a picnic and jog/walk.
  6. Run around with the dog. Don’t have a dog? Volunteer at a shelter or offer to walk a friend or neighbor’s dog! 
  7. Have a race in the backyard. Don’t always let your kid win! Use your phone as a timer and challenge each other (remember to encourage and participate too!).
  8. Set an example! Say “I’m going for a run,” and let the kids see you trying something new!  Even if they don’t participate, you know they are watching!! 
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