Every year I set movement goals for myself. I try to run more miles than the previous year or try more cross training or (this year) actually ride enough miles on my bike to count them LOL.
But, I’ve never tried to get my kids to set goals with me. Shoo is incredibly active. Yesterday it snowed and he spent an hour outside by himself building a very small snowman, climbing on the playset, playing “winter basketball”, and just running around. Then he came inside and got in trouble for dribbling his basketball on my hardwood floors. Jones is more like I was as a child. He played outside for a few minutes, then came in and started reading. I’m thrilled that he loves books, but I think if I let him, he’d never get off his chair. (I know my mom is sitting there thinking I was the same way as a child.)
So, I’m going to challenge him. We are going to see if we can walk to Grandma’s house this year. It’s approximately 750 miles. Mileage can be gained with any movement each day. Easily tracked distances will be added that way, otherwise every five minutes of movement will be a half mile. I’m going to try and find some cool milestones along the way (I’m sure Beer Geek can come up with some for me, since geography is his thing.)
Any other suggestions? I’d love to make this a fun game for him and along the way instill a love of movement or at least a healthy habit. And if you go on over to Family Life in Las Vegas, you can read some of my other ways of trying to get my kids moving.