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When I was Jack's age, the internet was just starting to become available. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame, and it was about ten years before I saw daylight again. We had also just moved to the sweaty, sticky south and you couldn't pay me to get out in that melting vapor. Naturally, this makes me want to torture my kids with all the stuff I missed out on.

I figure the internet will be there when they get back, right? 

In 2009, I saw a picture of myself. It had been about a year since the youngest was born, and I pretttty much wanted to gouge out my eyes with what I saw. For no reason other than there was an app available for my iPhone, I decided to complete the Couch to 5K program. That year, I trained for and ran my first 5K and was so IMMENSELY proud of myself.

As Tony grew, he saw me constantly running or going to an exercise class. As he learns about the human body - and y'all, he's four, so when I say "learn about the human body", I mean things like "don't shove raisins up your nose" - he's starting to want in on that action. He wants to "run like Momma". He wants "strong muskles". And I'm totally good with that.

Jack has always been involved with sports, and until a couple of years ago, he literally played one sport a season and they even often overlapped. As he's honed his skills, he's concentrated lately on basketball and football. This last year, he decided football was not a whole lot of fun as he watched his teammates grow up and around him and he feared for his life every play of every game. Not exactly fun.

So I try and find little ways to trick the boys into getting some exercise in, because I never got that growing up. While I figure they may silently hate me for it, I notice a good bit of belly laughs and smiles while the activity is happening.

Some of our favorites:

Take the dog to the local lake for swimming. Now, um, that lake is NASTY, so we don't get in it. But the dog? LOVES IT. We adopted Belle, our chocolate lab, last summer and I've so loved showing the boys my favorite part of the labrador breed. The boys get a couple of miles walking in and .. well, frankly, it's exhausting for ANYONE to have to wrangle a lab puppy who's sopping wet.

 

 

Local events with bouncy houses. Have y'all BEEN in one of those things lately? Dude, they're MURDER on your calves! You must burn - at LEAST - ELEVENTY FRILLION calories in those things. But boys never notice that they're exercising in those things because they tap into the natural Evil Kinevil within them all. Even the biggest boy - about to turn 40 - will spend awhile in there. Bonus points for sweaty, tuckered-out boys when we leave.

 

Fun Runs. Locally run 5Ks often feature a one-mile, untimed "fun run" that's specifically geared toward families. The boys always love finishing a race - they don't always love RUNNING it - and I can usually coach them through one mile. Most recently, we all went to particpate in Atlanta's The Color Run, which was TOTALLY awesome. Only Jack and I completed it (Tony doesn't like "getting dirty", so one splash of color sent him into fits), but we had a blast and got in TONS of steps.

 I know that, as they get older, it will be more and more difficult to persuade them to get outside. I know that I'll be struggling to pry them away from some newfangled technological device that will confound me as I rock on my front porch and scream at the neighbor's ungrateful kids to keep off of my lawn. But for now? I love getting them out there and watching them sweat as a family.

What's your favorite physical activity to do as a family?

by on Apr. 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (41-50):
MamaBear2cubs
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

We love fishing too!

Quoting daerca574:

 We enjoy camping and fishing together.  And we play alot of ball at home.


slw123
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

  We have a pool. so we swim a lot.

gacgbaker
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

My husband will go for a run and take my son out on his bike with him- the girls and I don't do much other then be outside and play- it's a bit harder with the younger kiddos to have a strict exercise idea.  

delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

An area that may need improvement....we don't do a lot of exercise together right now.

LancesMom
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Walk! With the dogs too! Or play in the yard with them!

elasmimi
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

We have a place with indoor inflatables, and slides, and believe me, she gets a workout there. Also taking the dog to the park, or just going with us for the dog's evening walk, she gets pleanty of exercise.

NearSeattleMom
by Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Those little runners are super adorable! 

I'm thinking about starting the Couch to 5K with my 9-year old daughter . . . she needs to get in better shape for soccer!

Kainalu55
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 3:42 AM

i'd love to have a pool!

Quoting slw123:

  We have a pool. so we swim a lot.


Kainalu55
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 3:43 AM

my daughter loves those inflatables!

Quoting elasmimi:

We have a place with indoor inflatables, and slides, and believe me, she gets a workout there. Also taking the dog to the park, or just going with us for the dog's evening walk, she gets pleanty of exercise.


MamaBear2cubs
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 8:05 AM

We will be taking the kids there tomorrow!

Quoting elasmimi:

We have a place with indoor inflatables, and slides, and believe me, she gets a workout there. Also taking the dog to the park, or just going with us for the dog's evening walk, she gets pleanty of exercise.


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