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July 12, 2010

5 Ways to Stay Active With Your Kids

Filed under: Family Activities — Tags: , , , , , , — Erin @ 6:00 am

Guest blog post by Andrew Salmon from LifeInsuranceCanada.org.An-photo

Sure kids will tire us out but hey, what a way to go! We must remember that it’s vital for kids to run, jump and play in order to build up their bones and muscles. But the same applies to us adults. Being active with your kids is the best workout around – because it’s fun! Here are five ways to stay active with your kids.

1. The Park

Consider the park an outdoor gymnasium. There are places for you and your kids to run. There are monkey bars to swing and climb, building upper body strength. See-saws to work those legs, merry go rounds to spin. And, most parks have basketball courts, baseball diamonds or soccer fields. You want it, the park has got it. Heck there’s even free water to keep yourself hydrated as you run acres at breakneck speed all over the place.

2. Rollerblades

Here’s a great way for kids to learn muscle control and balance while you all get a great aerobic workout. Rollerblading is a great exercise for the legs but the whole body gets into the act as you need to swing your arms for balance and every muscle gets into the balancing act.

3. Swimming

Another total body workout, swimming is another way to get fit while playing with your children. Kids naturally take to the water and so did you when you were their age. Remember? Also swimming is a great way to start getting back into shape if you’ve been inactive too long. After all, you at least want to be around until your kids become adults, don’t you? So hop in the pool and stretch and work every muscle in your body. You’ll be doing it with ease, courtesy of the water’s buoyancy, which makes you lighter so those muscles don’t have to overdo it.

4. Badminton

Eye-hand coordination is vital if your kids are going to be active throughout their lives. Badminton is an easy and fun way to work on this. The rackets are lightweight so everyone can play and the shuttlecock is safe to have flying around the young ones. Tennis is also good but the clunky rackets and heavy tennis ball (by comparison) are potential hazards. So if you’re kids are too young for tennis, then badminton is the game of choice. You’ll have a blast!

5. Scavenger Hunt

This one you can file under ‘having too much fun to know I’m exercising’ which is, of course, the absolute best exercise program anyone can have. Organizing a scavenger hunt and taking part yourself will create a lot of excitement amongst the group and you will all be dashing this way and that, trying to beat the clock. And while you’re getting winded from all that running, you and your kids will also be using the ol’ noggin as you play Sherlock Holmes in search of clues.

There you have it… some easy, fun, wonderfully exhausting activities you and your kids can enjoy together. Have fun!

Author Byline

Andrew

Andrew Salmon

Andrew Salmon works as a freelance writer. He contributes to a number of websites with articles about fitness and financial topics such as life insurance. He has published or appeared in nine books and this is his Amazon profile.

July 5, 2010

Kids Triathlon

Filed under: Family Activities — Tags: , , , , , , — Erin @ 6:00 am
Guest Blog by Jon Taylor of 365DayTriathlon.com.

Who’d Have Thought?

swim lineWhen I was young, I often tried my mother’s patience with the common phrase, “I’m bored.” If mom had answered, “Why don’t you train for a triathlon?” I probably would have started digging a tunnel in my room. You may have never heard the words “child” and “triathlon” uttered in the same sentence, but it can actually be a fun summer activity.

What’s a Kids Triathlon Anyway?

triathlon5-600x400If you’re not triathlon-savvy, here’s a quick overview of how they work. The race is split into three parts: swimming, biking, and running (in that order). Before you start imagining your child staggering though a desert, forced to drink cactus juice just to finish, triathlons for kids are actually quite doable. The length of each race is custom fitted to the age group your child is in. It will still take quite a bit of discipline and training, but if you’re looking for bonding experiences, how cool would it be to swim, bike, and run regularly with your son or daughter?girl biking

Studies have shown that child triathletes are very likely to obtain student body office, love broccoli, and surprisingly, help parents win the lottery. That may not be entirely true, but a triathlon will establish a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Not only that, but kids will gain self-respect and self-discipline. Triathlons take just as much mental conditioning as they do physical.

I’m In!  What now?

KidsTriathalonPicLGIf you’re interested, find the closest kids tri to you.  You can go to IronKids.com or just google “kids triathlons” in your area.  I live in a pretty rural neighborhood and there are a few within reasonable driving distance from me.

Maybe your child is tired of saying, “I choose you, Pikachu!” Or maybe he just wants to get out of summer reading. Either way, triathlons can be a challenging but rewarding event. You’ll never know unless you tri! (And if you do, you’ll probably find yourself making triathlon puns as I did in the previous sentence. Just a warning.)

Author Byline

triJesse and Jon are two normal guys that have decided to train for a triathlon.  They, along with seasoned marathon runner and triathlete Graham and their coach, a physical trainer named Danah, are blogging about their progress at 365DayTriathlon.com.

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