Have you seen that commercial for Eggo waffles where the kids are getting ready for school and the mom comes out in workout gear telling them she’s made breakfast? And they’re all like : OH NO! Mom’s on a health kick and that means we’re ALL on a health kick! It makes me laugh because the kids are so horrified until they see the delicious waffles! That’s kinda like my kids – they were like, oh, man, Mom;s doing all this healthy crap now we have to, as well. And they’re right- because I’m cooking healthy foods- they’re eating healthy foods. And I’m getting more active, then they’re getting more active.
Since Ally cheers, it’s pretty easy for her to keep active- cheer practice 3 times a week, plus one game keeps her moving.
Aedan, however was a challenge. He’s developed asthma in Connecticut,and every sport he’s started, he’s had to quit because of breathing issues. We’ve been treating it and his allergies pretty aggressively and we started looking for something for him to do. He’s interested in soccer, but it’s super competitive here and he’s had no experience. I kinda knew he needed to get up to par on a being able to run for a while, so I didn’t think it was the best choice for him right now. Then I saw that our local Recreation Department offered a running class, so I signed him up! Yes, I said a running class- but, what drew me to it was it’s description:
This afterschool running and conversation club is for young men grades 4-6 whether into sports or not. Join Coach/Sprinter Sam for this conditioning program that encourages healthy physical activity through the sport of running. The capstone event will be one of the local road races.
When I spoke to Aedan about it, he was nervous and not at all sure of himself about this class. With a little encouragement, he agreed to try at least ONE class to see what he thought. The class was yesterday, and after dropping off his inhaler, I couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say.
First thing he said when he got in the truck? I LOVE IT MOM! He told me all about how they played dodge ball, and ran two laps and no one was racing, it was just RUNNING and they chatted and I fell in love a tiny bit with Coach Sam as she made my boy EXCITED about something so physical and good for him.
Then I got an email about the class from her with little explanations- like what to bring for snack, what they’ll do when it gets cold, and where to pick up our boys, and then this:
This program is a conversational (open floor, where we will be discussing topics such as nutrition, bullying, friendship, etc. NONCOMPETITIVE (meaning the program is not about racing each other)
Running is such a natural activity for all of us, no matter what our age. Our bodies were designed to run. Teaching our kids the value of healthy eating and exercise is such an important role we, as parents play in their lives. However I believe in keeping exercise fun and exciting for kids is what will hopefully keep them interested in healthy living well into their teen and adult years. Each week we will be going over different objectives, example, practicing the correct running techniques. Also each week I will be sending home a running log, If time permits please help them to complete the exercise and fill out the log, which they will return to me every Wednesday. This is not mandatory but remind them of the incentive I gave them (at the end of each month the boys who has covered the most miles will be my assistant coach for one day).
Today we had a great session, after our snack and indoor meeting we went out and did some awesome drills, most of the boys ran 2 laps (1/2 of a mile) some did some walking in-between. I think that was a good start, next week we have a goal set for 4 laps (1mile) alternating running 1 lap then walking 1.
How AWESOME is this? I love the conversational aspects of it as well, all boys need a place to vent – I’m so excited for Bubba to have something active that he likes, no, loves, and can’t wait to see where this takes him. How does he feel about the class? This is what I woke up to this morning:
“Good Morning, Momma- I wish it were Wednesday, because I’d have running class again! “
Which activities are your children involved in that help them get up and moving?