My Daughter Out Ran Me, Teach Kids Health and Fitness
I recently wrote about how my wife kicked my butt in a some sprints. I guess it runs in the family because my 3 year old daughter out did me too. Ugh, I don’t know if I should be embarrassed or proud. What the heck, I’m gonna go with being proud.
I had just finished a pretty decent workout when my daughter asked me to run around with her. I figured I would go ahead and show her how to run sprints, especially since my wife and I had been running sprints recently. It wasn’t really meant to be competitive. I just wanted to continue educating her on health and fitness. She happens to love exercise. She likes eating broccoli and celery too.
So how did I teach her about sprints? I first told her about high intensity exercises and how they help me get in shape and gain strength. I then went about it like a game, the first to the other side wins. What we do is run a sprint then count to ten (reinforcing what she learns in school) and run another sprint. We do this about 10 times, or in this case I do 6 and she runs 14. By the time I got to 3 I was burnt out and couldn’t even go full speed. Normally I would let my daughter win but I couldn’t even fake it, I was really being beaten by my 3 year old.
Afterwards we drank water, walked around and did some total body stretching. I have been slowly adding different exercises to her repertoire. A few months ago it was push ups, a few weeks after that it was squats. Then we started stretching and yoga. She likes the stretching a lot since she can dictate and make up her own stretches as we go. Maybe I have a future Personal Trainer in the making?
I always enjoy spending time with my daughter and being able to share health knowledge makes it all the better.
For those parents, guardians, uncles, aunts, teachers, etc out there: What are some things you do to teach your kids about health and fitness?