Running with the kids! :)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Now that I've got my own fitness and nutrition well in hand, I've been trying to make sure that I'm also putting the same care into my kids' health and what they're eating and their fitness. My five-year-old son is a chunky kid (just like his mom and dad were!), and I struggle with knowing how to best balance keeping him healthy on one hand with not making an issue of weight on the other hand. He's a really really active kid, always on the move, so that's good. Both my kids have also been really watching as my husband and I make this transformation in our lifestyle. We used to be literal couch potatoes, and now we're both running and working out. The kids were with me as we cheered John on in his half-marathon last month, and they both told all their friends about their daddy's medal. :)
So tonight, after dinner, we took a family walk. The kids decided they both wanted to run (like mom and dad!). I hadn't really tried running much with the kids, since I figured they wouldn't be able to make it very far. But we ran and walked together in intervals, just like I started, for about 1.75 miles, and the kids did great! I was running along just behind them, and they were running shoulder-to-shoulder, cheering each other on. They're almost exactly the same height, despite being 2 and a half years apart in age, and they just looked so darn cute running together that I almost cried. :-) I was so proud of them! They really ran quite a lot of the loop, and my son especially was bound and determined to race us and win. They were both so proud of themselves when we got "all the way" back home.
I'm so happy that this lifestyle change means that my kids will grow up seeing running and fitness as a normal part of adult life, and will hopefully become runners themselves. :)