I love to go on long walks. Especially now that it's getting warmer out, Let's Go!
Walking is probably my favorite form of exercise. I enjoy being outdoors, in nature, breathing in all the fresh air, taking in the view. Perfection!
Walking with my kids is sometimes hard to do, especially if they do not want to walk. My little one is 6 years old and will still ask to be held when he starts to get bored or just tired of walking.
How do we keep our kids entertained when walking?
How can we encourage them to keep walking when they would rather just be held?
Here is what I do to try to encourage my kiddos to keep walking.
#1 Ask them to gather a collection of their favorite leaves they find along the way.
#2. Find a good throwing stick or two and save it for when we get to the bridge and we'll throw it over and watch it float under the bridge to the other side.
#3 Bring a small magnifying glass to inspect bugs we find along the way.
#4 Play follow the leader.
#5 Race to a certain point close by. This momma doesn't run unless something is chasing her. That is why it must be to a certain point close by, but if you are a runner then make it a farther distance. Go for it!
#6. Count how many different animals we see along the way.
#7. Sing songs. Their favorite fun, silly songs. Loudly.
#8. Try the bike. Sometimes riding their bikes while I walk works great to stop the complaining.
#9. Invite a friend of theirs to join along. They are more likely to forget that I'm forcing them to do this horrible, terrible thing called walking when they have a buddy tagging along to distract them.
#10. Do not debate about it and make it a regular routine. We are going to get some exercise in and today is the day that we will walk. They seem to be more okay with walking when it is a regular routine.
These work for my kids and hope they work for you. Do you have any tricks of the trade to encourage your kids when they start complaining about exercising?
More than Blessed,