Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday fellow runners! It was a great day in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sunday is my long run day! I woke up feeling rested and headed out for a long run. It was the perfect weather – around 40 degrees – and I ended up running 7 a and a half miles. When I set out, I was thinking around 6 and a half but I just couldn’t stop running!! I’ve been battling runners knee the past couple of months and against my doctors orders to “take it slow”, I just couldn’t help myself!
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I wasn’t in my usual running spot which set me off a little bit. I usually run in Gloucester either by Wingaersheek Beach or Good Harbor beach (either one, its a beach and a beautiful running route). Here’s a little sneak peek, just to keep my motivation going.

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Today I ran outside the city where I just moved too. Its a pretty good running route but there’s a lot of busy roads and definitely no nice beaches for a distraction.

After my run, I went back to my hometown to spend time with my family. It was a beautiful day and we spent the entire day outside. I have a niece and two nephews with a TON of energy. They are very active kids, they play sports year round and of course want their Aunt to join in all the fun. My 10 year old niece also brought up the topic of wanting to run a 5k! This makes me a proud Aunt and I’m glad that I can influence her to get out and run want to participate in a road race. I will definitely be signing us up!

Its obviously much easier to get outside when its nice out but even if its cold out you can still go get outdoors with the kids (or nieces and nephews). Kids these days are so caught up with electronics that they forget there’s a whole fun world outdoors too!! I added a couple suggestions below to keep your kids active this spring/summer:

1.
Encourage outdoor games

Classic games like Tag, Follow the Leader, the Hokey Pokey, and Hide and Seek will keep little ones on the go. Most young children are active learners, so games like Hopscotch and Four Square will help them learn their numbers while also keeping them physically fit.

2.
Explore the world around you

Dig in the dirt. Chase after shadows. Throw sticks in a puddle. Plant a garden. The world is your playground.

3.
Make TV time active time

Kids don’t need to slump on the couch as they watch favorite programs. Encourage them to sing, march and dance along as they watch characters like Barney, or the Boohbahs.

4.
Limit TV time

When a program is over, turn the TV off and suggest one of the activities below to promote active learning.

5.
Provide healthy snacks.

Active kids need the right fuel for their growing bodies. You’ll find kid-friendly recipes for nutritious snacks like Ants on a Log and Grapecicles that you can make together at the Zoom Café.

6.
Do chores together

Dust. Sweep. Wipe off the table. Give dolls and trucks a bath. Not only will you stay active, you’ll make your child feel like a grown-up, responsible member of the family.

7.
Set a good example

When you exercise regularly and eat healthy foods, you set an example that will shape your child’s habits for life.

What are your plans to keep the kids outdoors this summer?
What about kids eating healthy??
Do you participate in family runs?
Any suggestions for easy going 5k’s for kids and adults?

There is also a video link below, its a little long but talks about keeping kids and families active. Courtesy of PBS
Fit Kids, Active Families http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/1410048588/

http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/keep-kids-active/

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