Making Exercise FUN!

It’s really very important to make sure kids get enough exercise and that parents are modeling being active to their children.  Even more important?  Making it FUN!

After telling you all about our plans to use our Burley in the upcoming apocalypse, I thought it might be prudent to break it out of the garage, pump up the tires and go for a test run to the store.

This is how Cai and Cael felt about my plan to be their driver on a long, family bike ride.

That’s OK.  I’m always game for a little convincing.

I told them that my friend, Carina, does this sort of thing every day with her kids in Holland.

I told them bike riding is an environmentally friendly way to get around town.

I told them it would be fun.  Refreshing.  A free ride with the wind in their faces, and that Mommy would do all the hard work.

We stopped for frozen yogurt at the halfway point, so invested was I in making this an attractive and desirable activity.

After 7 miles, we arrived home.  I was extremely pleased with myself.

Clearly, my boys, huddled in fear, were equally impressed.

I asked them to provide a review of their experience.

Here it is, in their own words:

Cael:  I felt hot, sweaty, and even tired.  I was squished in the carriage, and I don’t want to say anyfing else.

Cai:  I was really scared when you were turning lots of times.  I was also scared when you were going down the hill.  I was scared when you were riding the bike.  I was scared in the carriage.  It was super scary for me.

Ah, the sweet smell of success.

In conclusion, we’re going again tomorrow!

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
6 comments
  1. […] we buy is gigantic. For example, you call Costco a big box store; I call it a store. Plus, my Burley has a super convenient storage area in the back just begging me to load it. Plus-plus, it made […]

  2. Too funny!

  3. Left turn at the river?

  4. Bicycle version of left turn at the river???

  5. SO many, so so so many things going through my head right now! SO many questions, so many comments, but I have to run (was checking my mail for work stuff and I got side-tracked, as usual 😉 ) so I’ll save the many things for later (our summer vacation starts in four days!) and just ask the one question that’s burning on the tip of my tongue (or fingers if you will):
    Are the boys wearing helmets because it’s mandatory or does them wearing those say something about your biking skills? (just wondering…) 🙂
    ps: my kids do ride with my in our Burley and on my bike (I even hauled 4 kids on&behind my bike last Wednesday!) every day indeed, I guess neither of us have ever realized how fearless they might actually be by doing/enduring that, good news! 🙂

  6. I’d call it a success!

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