Sunday, May 24, 2009

WORK IT Family Style

Memorial Day weekend is here and full of incredible weather! Use this time to workout with your family and try something new-
  • Mt. Tabor Stair Challenge- work the stairs and wear the Ergo or backback with your babe safely inside. If you have older kids, they would get a kick out of the stairs too. Try to hop on one foot, jump up, wide legged climb, or crawl up like a monkey. All are fun for adults and kids. Try to complete 30 minutes of stairs.
  • Leif Erikson Ride & Lunge-A-Thon- head to Leif Erikson trail and bring the bikes! The path is wide enough for kiddos to have space to ride. Hop off every 15 minutes and find a different look out spot. At that point bust out lunges for 2 minutes- kiddos too. They love to lunge, and the on/off with purpose on the bike helps them stay focused and have FUN. Continue on your ride for an hour (if your kiddos allow).
  • Waterfront Walk- the Rose Festival has begun and the sights are around us. Head down to the Waterfront and do the 3 mile loop between the Steel Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge while people watching and pointing out new sights to each other. Play "I Spy" with your toddlers as you push them in the jogger. Try to maintain 3.5-4 mph pace.
  • Parade Through YOUR Hood- first pull out your skateboard, roller blades, bike, pogo stick, and running shoes. Next, plan a 1 mile route in your neighborhood. With your partner decide who will wear/push your munchkin for each lap. Next decide which equipment you will use. Make 4-5 1-mile laps in your neighborhood with returning home in between to change your shoes, gear, etc. You are cross training in your 'hood, while getting to know your neighbors.
  • Free Choice Backyard- Write 15 different activities on index cards. ie: 20 jumping jacks, 20 push ups, 2 minutes speed skating, 2 minute wall sit. Put them into a basket and mix them up. In the backyard get set up for your own circuit of fun. Put the basket in the middle, and take turns picking the activities. Continue for 30 minutes.
Have fun and enjoy your exercise time together. What you do today continues to affect and shape your life tomorrow. Rock it!

- Erin Shirey

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