So this post is made during lockdown 2020 but maybe shared for many years to come. I just wanted to note that as it’s such a surreal situation we all find ourselves in right now.
Running or walking for now is most people’s daily exercise and I have many clients that with the kids being at home are struggling to get out. Some of you are single parents and your free running time is now not there. So how can we change that?! Get the kids out with you.
- If they are young and in a buggy, can you try and run pushing the buggy for little intervals, then walking. Repeat and make it fun. Your little one may love it more than you know, I have friends who do park run with their child in the buggy and they both love it.
- Lace up their trainers and get them to come out with you. It’s amazing the energy these kids have and they will be great encouragement for you too. You will all sleep a lot better that night and can take on the hills together.
- If they can cycle get them to cycle alongside you as you run. Get them to encourage you or race you to the next lamppost.
This allows you to exercise and keep an eye on them. Perfect.
The other benefit being that they get a positive experience of exercise and encouraged to exercise at a young age. This promotes exercise later on into adult life too and creates a healthy habit /relationship with exercise.
My mum and dad were active when I was younger and we were encouraged to do the same. Me and my mum did running and classes together and later on in life I’m now encouraging them to keep it up too. You may have seen me and dad recently did a 10k together and he’s still smashing those times.
Make the experience fun, they will want to repeat it, if it’s fun. It also makes you relax too, be a child for a bit and not focus on times or pace etc.
Build them up slowly. Let them decide when to run and when to walk, if you have two kids let them alternate the lead of the pack. Overtime you can build up the running phases.
Ask them where they want to go and set a plan before leaving so everyone knows the planned route. Maybe choose to run past a location you all know e.g. grans house, the park, the school etc.
Keep chatting to them so they relax and don’t worry about their breathing too much.
Don’t force them, one day they will be up for it and the next they won’t. It’s important they are willing and they enjoy the experience of running. Change it to a walk if they want to go out but not run, you might find once they are out they will jog with you.
Whenever you can again, go out on your run alone. It’s important to get your time too.
Make sure clothing is appropriate for running. No one likes to feel too hot or cold so try to make it as comfortable as possible.
What better gift to give your child than health and fitness.