Run Dirty - Keeping Kids Active
Eat, Play, And Run Dirty
Exercise is important to living a healthy life, but how do you make it fun? Leslie Valladares, one of our amazing team members, is an accomplished runner and exercise aficionado. She runs in marathons, races, on the beach, and in the mountains. She even likes running so much, she started her own brand Run Dirty that produces essentials for the outdoors like hats and hoodies (check out her instagram here)! What can we learn from such a motivated individual, and how can we use this to get our children to be more active? Here are some ideas to make you and your kids not only exercise, but enjoy doing it:
- Go Outside: Fresh air, sunlight (don't forget sunblock), and wide open spaces make running, walking, or exercising fun. It becomes an experience beyond what you're used to in a gym. Look at the clouds, the plants, and enjoy your surroundings.
- Get Dirty: Taking a page from Leslie's book, it's fun to get dirty. Sweat, mud, dirt, and bugs are all a part of the experience. Encourage your kids to jump in that puddle, or lay down on a rock for a break. They will enjoy the laid back exploration, and they can always wash up once you get home.
- Invite Friends: Exercising doesn't have to be a chore that you force yourself or your children to do. Get together in small groups and hit the trails or the park. Talk, laugh, joke, and cheer each other on. It's a great socialization opportunity for kids and adults alike.
- Go Alone: If you and your family don't want to wait for other people to be available to exercise, do it yourselves. Nothing says quality time like running, hiking, swimming, or stretching together. Plus, when kids see their role models exercising, they want to do it too.
- Stay Hydrated: This sounds like common sense, but one of the major causes of fatigue is dehydration. Bring water bottles or hydration packs and make sure that everyone is replenishing what they sweat out.
- Reward Yourself: Exercising should be fun, and you burn a ton of calories doing it. Bring your family's favorite snacks or go to your favorite restaurant as a reward for all of your hard work. Plus, if your kids know that every time your family goes running, they get ice cream or a popsicle, they'll be lacing up their sneakers without a fuss.
What do you do to keep your kids active? Comment below with fun family activities, ideas, or inspiration!