When my kids were little, we did all the things from bike rides to games of “horse” to local 5K races. Now that both of my kids are young adults, my early morning athletic requests do not get much enthusiasm. What’s a mom to do? Well, I take my opportunities when I can and trick my family into exercising with me. How do I do that?
How I trick my family into exercising with me
As I mentioned, our kids are now young adults with their own schedules and agendas. When we are all together on family vacations, that’s the easiest way to trick my family into exercising with me. Earlier this summer on our epic trip to The Maldives and Singapore, we had numerous opportunities for athletic adventures.
My son and I went snorkeling a few times right off of our bungalow in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. We had a fantastic time exploring the beautiful reefs and colorful fish.
On that same trip, my daughter and I took advantage of our jet lag and enjoyed the sun rise yoga classes together. We also “hung around” for the aerial yoga class.
We all took advantage of the island lifestyle and rode our bike cruisers around all day long.
Admittedly, getting my husband to participate in athletic endeavors is a little more challenging. He is, and has always been, my biggest supporter though. My best bet to get him out there is also on vacation. Most recently, we had a scenic hike in Maroon Bells, Aspen as well as a wild water water rafting adventure.
We all really look forward to our family trips and adventures together. As your kids get older, that is often the best time to partake in active adventures together.
About 4 years ago, I somehow convinced the hubs to let me train him for a couch to 5K run. I documented our 3 month training in my “Husband Project” series. I know he hated every step of it, but he was a good sport and completed the Jingle All The Way with me and my son.