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Aug 14

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Getting Fit with the Family

 

I started out the New Year with a few long term goals. I joined in the Hello Mornings challenge and began to get up in the morning for my family and spend some quiet time with the Lord. It made a big difference in my life and I would encourage everyone to check out their free challenge at Inspired to Action. I took on a challenge with my sister to get fit and run a 5K. We successfully met our goal and ran in our first race in May. We had a blast even though it rained the entire time. We found out that having a goal to aim for and a buddy to keep us accountable helped us run when we would have backed out if we were in it alone. After that race, my husband became inspired and he stated to me that he thought he could run a race too. Currently, we are signed up to run a race in September and the boys will be riding in a kid’s bike ride. We have noticed since we have begun to make fitness a priority that it is trickling down to the children as well. We run about three days a week before dinner and I push Sweetums Peetums in the jogging stroller. The boys ride their bikes. When we started, they were huffing and puffing and complaining and we would have to give them a few pushes up the hill. Now they are riding standing up on their bikes and there are no complaints. We are all sleeping better and we have enjoyed spending time together in the great outdoors. Here are a few tips in case you would like to start getting fit as a family:

1. Start small – Chose an activity that everyone enjoys and plan outings one to two times a week. You can build on this but if you overdo it you may end up injured or burned out.

2. Use an app – We chose an Android app called “Couch to 5K”. I have also used an Apple app called “5K Runner”. These apps take you from short walk/runs to running a full 5K in about 9 weeks. It is great motivation to check off the 3 times a week schedule. Make sure you check with your doctor before starting any regular exercise routine if you are not used to exercise.

3. Stay hydrated - Make sure that you drink water after you exercise. If you are taking the kids along, you may want to carry water with you as well.

4. Remember that it is about movement – If you have a day where you don’t meet your goals, pick yourself up and start again. Just keep moving. One day recently I was jogging with my sister and it was above 90 degrees and the humidity was high. We looked at each other and said., “this is crazy”. We stopped jogging and went to a friend’s pool to swim. We still got our exercise, we just focused on a different form of movement.

5. Kids love most forms of exercise if it involves play or games – Some nights I get down on the floor and play “airplane” with my youngest kids. They love this and it gives me a lower body workout. I have found that chasing a soccer ball in the backyard, dancing in the living room or playing tag are great forms of exercise and double as playtime with the kids.

I hope this post has inspired you to get more active with your kids. What forms of exercise do you enjoy?

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2 comments

  1. Anna Bruce

    Awesome!!!! Great advice! I hope if inspires others! Bring it on September 5K! We are ready for you…well not quite! Lol. But we will be!!!!

  2. Aunt Kay

    I joined Rhonda Morgan’s group “Stepchidren” on Facebook. All that is required is the purchase of a pedometer to wear every day. We have so much fun posting our steps. Yesterday, I took over 16,000 steps! 10,000 is considered active :)

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