Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wonder Mom Wednesday: Ways to Involve the Kids in Exercise

Hi guys, I'm linking up again with Amanda from Mom Who Tris and Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes for Wonder Mom Wednesdays!  This week's topic is Ways to Involve the Kids in Exercise.  

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There are so many ways to get your kids involved in exercise.  There's the obvious ways like signing your kids up for sports and other activities as well as making them get off the electronics and encouraging them to get off the couch.  To me those seem obvious, but maybe not.  

My kids are VERY active.  They do play sports and Ella also dances about 8 hours a week.  I try very hard to limit their iPods and iPads and encourage them to get out there and just play.  You know-- be kids.  So there's that, but there's other ways too.  

When my kids were little I would take them to the gym with me.  Often times, 4 to 5 times a week.  We'd go to gym and they just knew it was part of their day.  They knew I was exercising and they knew I was doing it to be HEALTHY.  When they got old enough, I would push them in the jogging stroller and eventually they graduated to riding bikes or scooters with me while I ran.  To this day I still exercise WITH my kids.  

Running with Nicholas 

Swimming with Jack 
While all of that is nice, none of that is what I think has gotten my kids involved in actual exercise.  I can honestly say, I play a VERY ACTIVE role in keeping my kids involved in exercise simply by LEADING BY EXAMPLE.  

Yes, that deserves an ALL caps because I think it's oh so important.  Have you ever heard your child say a phrase and it sounds like something you always say?  Ever watch your kids mannerisms and think, gee he looks just like my husband when he does that?  There's a reason your kid sounds and acts like you.  It's because they're watching and they're learning and they do what YOU do.  They live what they learn.  

My kids have all done triathlons.  This one takes a little more coercing to get them to do it because they're afraid of the swim, but they always happy they did it in the end.  My kids would NEVER have even considered a triathlon had they not seen me doing it.  

The same goes for running races.  My kids are always asking when they can do their next race.  They love getting there bib numbers and timing chips and going out there and giving it their all.  There's something about a race that gets people excited.  Kids too!  Sign your kids up for a race.  I bet they won't say, "I never want to do that again."  

CrossFit-- they've tried it.  

By now, you're picking up what I'm putting down.  My kids have all naturally tried the activities that I do.  They watch, they learn, they do.  I talked about Why I Workout on the blog before and while it is for selfish reasons (to look and feel great), it's also VERY MUCH to inspire my kids to be healthy people.

I know when my kids come see me at a race it's boring for them, but it's also teaching them through seeing.  They know that I've trained and they know it's hard work, but until they've seen it, I don't think they really appreciate it.  So yeah, make your child suffer through a race or two of yours.  It will be worth it.  Who knows, you might actually inspire them.

I don't think the "do as I say and not as I do" mentality works when it comes to exercise.   My kids want me to be involved in things too.  They want a parent who can lead a healthy lifestyle with them. We do all kinds of active, fun things together as a family.  Most times, it doesn't even seem like exercise.

So what can you do to get your kids involved in exercise?  You can get involved yourself.  Remember, monkey see, monkey do!  

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Sue Tate said...

Love this! You are an amazing role model and I can't believe they have done triathalons already!! My oldest is always asking when his next kid race is! I love it!

momswimbikerun said...

Thanks Sue :D

Amanda said...

I LOVE how active your kids are! So awesome!!! Super impressed that they have done triathlons as well. Keep up the great work Mama!

momswimbikerun said...

thanks Amanda

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