Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Getting Active & Staying Active

  I've been purposefully adding more physical activity into our days.  I usually feel like we're a pretty active family to begin with but lately I've noticed a lot of sitting around the house watching TV, playing video games and reading books.  I don't think that those are particularly BAD things but they aren't getting us up and moving either.  All three boys have been encouraged to get at least 1 hour of physical activity each day and I thought that was a piece of cake and something we had completely covered.  But the more I watched and started taking note the more I realized that they weren't THAT active.  So we set our plan into place.  We're adding exercise to our morning work and we're purposely planning things to do.

   It's only Tuesday so we've just been at this a few days but so far we've all used the treadmill/ elliptical machine for a 20-30 minute workout.  We've gone swimming and we've gone on a few family bike rides.  We have plans to go hiking/ walking later this week and I'm trying really hard to point out to them when they're being active and trying to give them all an idea of how many muscle groups what they're doing entails.

   But it's only been a few days and we're fast running out of ideas.  My kids are super active when they're around other kids but when it's just us home it's much harder to find fun and engaging activities to do.

  Some days an hour of activity is no problem-- karate is an hour, days we go to Soar Indoors we're usually there for several hours at a time, meeting up with our playgroup at the park the kids will happily run, jump, chase, and climb for hours.  We're usually the first to arrive and the last to leave at almost all of these activities soaking up all the last moments of play and activity that we can.

   Yet my kids do not enjoy team sports; they aren't super competitive and they'd rather just run, kick the ball around and play.  They don't enjoy drills, skills building activities or anything adult directed.  I'm also trying to find activities that I would want to join in with them to keep myself active too.  I need to be more active and model the type of lifestyle we should all be living.  Too often the kids are off playing and running and having fun while I'm sitting just watching.  I want us all up and moving.

    This summer they spent hours each day in the water swimming, jumping off the dock and playing on and around all our tubes pulling themselves up to stand, jumping off, swimming back over and climbing right back up; usually only when we had friends over though.  With summer coming to and end and knowing winter will be here before I know it I'm trying to come up with a great list of ideas to keep us moving all year round, every day-- and I'm drawing a blank!!

   I tried encouraging the boys to help me; figuring even if they can't all agree we can work through the list and take turns.  They really weren't all that much better at coming up with things than I was.  So I decided to do what I usually do when I'm out of ideas and looking for inspiration; I went to Pinterest and requested a bunch of books from our library.

Here are some ideas we've come up with that I think can last a good 30-60 minutes each:
  1. Swimming-- pool, ocean, lake
  2. Biking
  3. Elliptical
  4. Walk the river trail
  5. Hike
  6. Ping Pong games
  7. Wii workout videos
  8. Hula Hoop
  9. Bowling
  10. Jumping rope
  11. Soar Indoors
  12. Launch trampoline park
  13. Twister
  14. Hopscotch
  15. Capture the Flag
  16. Gym day/ Park day with homeschool group
  17. Roller skating
  18. Ice skating
  19. gaga ball
  20. sledding
  21. Tag (with silly string)

   It's not a bad start but I hope we can continue to add to our list.  

 What are some of your favorite ways to keep your family active?

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  1. Love these ideas, because you're right that not all kids will be interested in team sports (and that's okay!). My boys are very young so right now we love walks, the playground or park and dance parties! :) Also working on throwing and catching balls. :) - Erin at stay at home yogi . com

    1. My boys love to play wiffle ball or other "team" type sports at home when it's just us. They're slowly outgrowing playgrounds though...