Running As A Family
This year I’m working with the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run to provide advice and support if you’re training for the event on Sunday 20th May. I’ll be running the 10k myself, and know how hard it can be to juggle family life and fitness, so I’ve put together some tips for you stay active as a family.
Running is a fitness activity that the whole family can get involved in. Unlike any other sports, running activities can accommodate any fitness level or ability. You can make it work for families of all ages and backgrounds.
I hear many stories how running and being active has improved family life in all aspects. It can bring families closer together, help build relationships between partners and drastically improve family health.
Yes, running will help the family become fitter but also it’s important to consider the nutrition you’re using to fuel your body.
Talk about how food impacts exercise with your kids and involve them in meal planning. Help them see the correlation between healthy eating and running as a potential motivator to eat those greens! If you have picky eaters, try sneaking in more veggies by blending them into sauces and soups.
Taking part in outdoor activities also helps decrease stress and improve concentration. Endorphins are a neurotransmitter that function to transmit positive energy into the nervous system. Although it varies from person to person, it only takes about 30-minutes of exercise for endorphins to flood the body.
They are natural pain and stress fighters, which means you and your children will feel happier and more focused in your daily lives.
It may not be easy to convince your kids to start running with you. You have to get them excited about doing it. A great idea is to try and disguise the workout as game so they do not think about it as work or a chore.
A great way to start is at your front door or in a local park, and map out a one-mile route to run or walk. Begin this as a walk you can do as a family twice a week and then incorporate 30- to 60-second running dashes as time goes on.
We are living in a world where technology is all around us. People, especially children, are becoming increasingly less involved in going outside to move. There is a compromise though, there are some great children’s apps out there to help encourage them to move and run. A great one is a Nike mobile app and program that allows families to benefit from running. Once parents download the app, they are invited to enter the duration of their running session.
From there, they can continually track their progress. Plus, kids stay excited and engaged along the way, earning special Nike rewards with each marathon milestone. Parents can also give a shout-outs to their kids from home, to help encourage and interact with them.
You have been training together as a family and things have been going really well. Now what? There is a race for everyone out there. The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run offers everything from a 10k, Half Marathon, junior and mini distance.
Free weekly runs are also great events for the whole family. They are typically no longer than a 5K and some are chip timed, including Great Run Local which are available across Manchester. Participants are free to run or walk the course and just enjoy the experience.
Crossing the finish line of a race is an amazing accomplishment! It shows off the perseverance and determination that helped your family get to that moment. After all, life is about moments and creating memories to look back on.
If you want to find out more about the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run click here