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Yes, it sounds so simple. Walking? That is it? Yes. Simply walking.
If you are trying to find ways to exercise with your children, walking is a great way to start. You don’t have to go fast. You really don’t have to go far. You just have to go outside and explore. We go on a lot of walks at our house.
- Start small
You don’t have to walk far at first. It isn’t necessary to speed walk either. Take your time and enjoy the outdoors with your child. Before long, you will be going faster and farther than you thought you could!
- Walk in a variety of places
Walk from your house or apartment. Get in the car and find a walking trail. Walk around the park. Walk around a school track. (That is a fun one. For whatever reason, kids LOVE to walk/run on a track!) Change your surrounding. Discover new places, and with that, new things.
- Bring a bag with you and collect rocks or leaves as you go
What child doesn’t like to collect things? The number of rocks, leaves and bird feathers my children have collected over the years would fill a bucket a few times over. Make the outdoors fun.
- Enjoy the time with your child
The other day on our walk, my 4 year old stopped by a mailbox and asked what the red thing was on the box. I had a great opportunity to explain the mailbox and how mail worked. He learned something and I got to show my child how smart I am. 😉
- Have A Routine
We go on a walk the same time everyday. The other day my 4 year old said:
Okay, Mom, here’s the plan. First, we eat breakfast. Then we change our clothes. Then we drop the kids off at school. Then we go on a walk. Then we do homeschool.
Okay, so I have installed my love for a routine in my children. It’s helpful in situations like this. He knows what to expect and can look forward to it. Set a certain time of day that you go and try to stick with it. If you do, it will become second nature to go. It feels like something is missing from our day when we DON’T go on a walk.
I hope I have encouraged to you to try walking with your children. Fall is coming (in my part of the world) so now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy God’s creation. The colors are always beautiful!
*You should always see a doctor before starting an exercise program.*
I would love to hear how you exercise with your child. Leave a comment! Tell us how you enjoy the outdoors.