Running with Kids – Family 5K {Running Fitness 5K Family Free Challenge}

So…apparently there’s this thing called running. It seems to be all the rage, and everyone’s talking about it.
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So I thought…hey…I’m gonna go with the “in” crowd. I’m gonna go running!

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Needless to say…that didn’t last too long.

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Then I managed to get myself wrapped up in this group of ladies called coaches. Fitness coaches. Me. Voted the most lazy, and I ended up running with the fit crowd.

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And when you run with the fit crowd…well…you kinda have to run.

Okay. That’s an exaggeration. I could overcome the peer pressure of all these hot, fit friends of mine doing the cool thing. I’m good. But then, I have these kids. They are getting kinda big. I’m not really sure how that happened. But all of a sudden they WANT to play sports. Say WHAT?

My daughter almost changed her mind on her chosen sport when she discovered that it involved running. Like..she was just gonna perch her pretty little self under the basket and shoot some hoops when her team was done with all that running mumbo-jumbo.

The fact that she still wants to play is proof that she’s serious…so I guess she gets to try! But first…we have to teach her how to run.

Okay…more exaggeration. But really. This girl puts molasses in January to shame. She moves at her own pace for sure. So we’re going to have to ease her into this. And me. We’re going to have to ease me into it.

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So I get this brilliant idea. Running! I’m going to start running with my kids this summer! Great idea, right?

Ask me in a couple weeks.

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But really…it’s a great idea! So…because I know myself, and I know I’ll quit…I need my support group. 😉 I’m opening up a FREE Facebook challenge group for us to talk about our progress. It will be AWESOME! And…I’ve even got some good runner friends coming to help us out. Cause you know…I don’t know the first thing about running. 😛

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Wanna join us? Go to www.tinyurl.com/kandiceschallenge and fill out my regular challenge group application, and just put in the comments that you wanna do the running with kids’ group. We start Monday…let’s do this!!!

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Is This Real?

So…I started a new workout program on Saturday. It’s called the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Have you heard of it?
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Every time Beachbody releases a new program, I start it as soon as I can so I’m better able to recommend the right program for my challengers. So I started this the day after it arrived in the mail, with almost no clue what I was getting myself into.

I finished my first workout and thought, “Dang, that was awesome!” I was able to do the whole 30 minute workout (ONLY 30 minutes!) without quitting, which is a big deal for me. I struggle big time with cardio. And I really didn’t feel very fatigued.

So I thought…why not do more? I popped  in a Piyo disc and prepared to do a quick 20 PiYo_logo_COO_1024x1024minutes of Piyo to stretch my muscles out and prepare for an early Valentine’s Day dinner date with my man.

Yeah. About 3 minutes into the warm-up, my legs started to tremble and shiver. It was like a giant earthquake centered in my kneecaps. Clearly, Piyo was not happening.

 

Still, I felt pretty dang good. For completing the first workout in what was being proclaimed as a VERY advancedMAX30_Logo_low_res
workout, I felt pretty dang good about myself.

Now, keep in mind…I’ve just completed the ENTIRE 60 days of Insanity: Max 30. If you know anything at all about Insanity, you know this was a huge accomplishment. 21 days of Fix Extreme should be a piece of cake, right? Right?!

Then Sunday came. Help.
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As the day progressed, I realized I was in extreme peril. Stairs became like Mt Everest and the toilet…well, let’s just say I’m happy there were no witnesses.

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The schedule for this deceptively destructive new program called for yoga on Sunday, and I knew it would help me. I put it off, and put it off, and very nearly said “No way!” But I knew the next day was going to leave me paralyzed in pain if I didn’t stretch out those muscles.

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Luckily…yoga was 30 minutes of sweet relief. Did my legs stop hurting? No. They did just started hurting in download (1)different ways, taking my mind off the pain of the previous day’s workout. Yes, if you  had been me, you would have called it sweet relief too.

 
Monday came and I was feeling pretty determined. I even prepared to do my workout BEFORE taking the kids to school, which is unprecedented for me. I knew I had to bust it out quick before the day took over.

Open the schedule.

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Crap.

Have you ever done a plyometrics workout? If you haven’t, you should. You really should become familiar with a form of cardiovascular exercise that is disguised as a fun, upbeat workout and in truth hides something sinister. Pain. More pain.

Still. I pushed play.

And I did the work.

Trembling legs and all.

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Then she said the naughty B word: burpees.

I was done. I couldn’t do it. I hate to say it, but my weak and feeble mind overpowered my body.

Which must actually mean that my body is far more weak than I had assumed.

Now…a very large part to a successful round of 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme lies in the nutrition. Both programs come with a very specific nutrition guide in which you use color-coded portion control containers to dictate how much of which foods you can eat in a day. Generally, I really love this plan. It takes all the guesswork out of planning a healthy meal, and totally eliminates the need to count calories.

But Sunday is family day. And since my family decided to make the trek to Grandma’s house…I was weak. And I ate. And ate some more. And maybe a teensy bit more. No bueno.

Then, after my utter defeat yesterday, I allowed myself to be wooed into enjoying the treats for Family Home Evening. Not as bad as Sunday, but still…I caved. Sugar. It is my arch nemesis, my saboteur; sugar is the foe, the attacker, the opposition to all things healthy and fit in my world.

So this morning, as I stepped on the scale (I know, I know…the scale doesn’t tell the whole story.), I was more than a little petrified. Would all my hard work be for naught? Pointless pain? Useless suffering?

Here goes nothing…

Huh.

Would you look at that.

Is that right? Try again. It IS right!

Guess what? Down three pounds. In three days. After being attacked not once, not twice, but THREE times by the merciless mercenary disguised as sugar. And still down three pounds.

Whoa! This program is LEGIT! And I don’t use that word lightly, because I feel like an imposter. But for real…this program is doing EXACTLY what it was advertised to do. Burning fat, building muscle, only 30 minutes (or less, in my case) each day with simple nutrition. Wow.

I’m back in the game. Completely committed to finishing the next 18 days, and now I cannot WAIT to see my results!

Join me? YOU can do this. You  can choose from the new Extreme, if you’re more advanced in the world of fitness. Or you can start with the original 21DF…which ANYONE can do.

Join me for a 21 day health & fitness workshop, in which we’ll focus on your nutrition, add in focused workouts, and share delicious recipes that will convince your body you are NOT eating healthy, when in fact, you are!
RenewIGFill out the contact form below, or email me at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com for registration information. Can’t wait to hear those fat cells scream!

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If I Can Do This….So Can You!

I’ve had a lot of people asking me lately why I closed my photography business in favor of this new life as a coach. And even more people who consider the option of becoming a coach themselves, only to say, “No, that would never work for me like it has for you. I’m just not that into fitness.”

Um…no. It’s not like that.

I’m not the crazy, athletic, super fit girl you remember from high school. I’m the girl no one remembers because she always had her nose in a book, because she turned down the head coach on his offer to join the girls’ basketball team  (because I was tall) in favor of…well…laziness.

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And yes, it was more than laziness…I am SO shy. Most people who know me don’t believe it, but I’ve come a long way from where I was in high school and shortly after. And I still have a lot of anxiety over new places, new experience, and new people. I remember when I was a kid, I had pretty well determined that I was not ever going to college, that it just wasn’t something I wanted. Because I was TERRIFIED of doing something I’d never done before. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom…because I was too scared at the thought of getting a job.

Here’s something vulnerable…but maybe it will prove just how timid I really am (or was). In 3rd grade I was given the opportunity to participate in a week-long cheer camp, offered by the high school cheer team. I was SO excited about it, but SO terrified. TERRIFIED. So terrified, in fact….that I wet my pants right in the middle of the first class.

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Enter: Adulthood. I chose to enter adulthood cold-turkey and got married just three months after my high school graduation. It’s not something I would ever recommend to any other teenager, because it was HARD and I missed out on a lot of growing experiences.

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But it’s also not something I regret, because it was right for me. How do I know? Because we’re still happily married almost 14 years and 4 kids later. It was the right choice for us at the time.

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But it was hard! We stayed close to home, but even still…I stopped going to church (I was VERY active in my church and it killed me slowly to stop going.) just because I was terrified to go to a new ward for the first time in my life by myself (my husband was not active at the time). For two years I was inactive because of that fear. Ridiculous, really.

Then we did something that would change me forever. We moved away. I did NOT want to do that. I did not want to leave the security of our hometown, our families, and everything we had known our whole lives. But it was necessary for my husband to get the best education in his chosen field…so move we did. Luckily, we moved to the same area my husband’s older sister lived in with her family, so I clung to them like white on rice. Melodie helped me so much with that transition, and I’ll always be grateful for that.

Slowly, over the 2.5 years we lived there, I was able to come out of my shell. Slowly. But it helped me to become independent of my parents, which has helped me in many ways to be a stronger individual. And it helped us grow closer together as a couple, which is probably a big factor in our happiness today.

I didn’t completely overcome my trepidation during our time away, however. As soon as my husband graduated college, I begged and pleaded until he chose a job close to home, despite the major decrease in income and the need to sell our first home.

We moved back, and over the first few years I came to realize just how much I had changed. I didn’t really NEED to be with our families as much. I could feel that independence I had gained taking over. We chose to live 30 minutes away from our families, and it was the perfect combination of independence and closeness. Now we can enjoy a close relationship with our  family while still being our own family unit.

Still, even with all these advancements in my own confidence, I was still terrified at the thought of new places and experiences. I was literally sick to my stomach the first day I had to attend college courses on campus. I was 25 years old and had two children, but I was terrified to the point of being ill. And it was like that EVERY semester when I started new classes.


Okay, so what does all this have to do with coaching? Just this: If I can do it…you can do it.

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Seriously. Did you read all that ridiculous FEAR that I blabbed up there?? I was and still am terrified by new places and experiences. I still  hate talking on the telephone because I never know if I’m interrupting something or who’s going to answer, etc. I’ve come a long way toward being more confident…but that fear still remains when I encounter the need to do something new.

So, want the nitty gritty details of why coaching can be possible for anyone, including a timid introvert like me?

What can it do for me? 

There are three main areas of “influence” to coaching…at least, that’s what we’ll call it for the purpose of this discussion.

First, personal development and growth. I know…it sounds hokey. I was one who would be handed one of those “self-help” books and think it was for the hippies. SO weird, no thanks. But, as part of our training and growth in this business, we are encouraged to read at least 10 pages in a personal development book each day. For most of us, once we get started it turns into an hour or more a day because we love it so much.

The result? You learn a great deal about yourself, your areas of strength and weakness and how to improve in both. You learn how to deal with other people in a more friendly, positive way, irregardless of their behavior toward you. You learn how to take charge of your life and your destiny (yes, one of those hokey words) and choose what is in your future rather than just letting it happen. In short, you get put back in the driver’s seat of your own life. It is an incredible, empowering experience, and one that I would recommend to anyone…coach or not.

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Second, there is a huge personal accountability that comes with this business. When you are helping other people with their health and fitness goals, you can’t NOT keep up with your own. You can’t surround yourself daily with people who are striving to lose weight, tone up, and be healthy, without having it influence you for the better. I never would have lost as much weight as I have or stuck with any of my own programs without this accountability aspect.

And third, of course, are the financial benefits. This is the part most people want to know about right from the first. They want to know how much money they will make. Well…it’s not like that. It’s not a JOB where you are given a salary or hourly wage and you always know how much is coming to you. This is a business, and it’s going to be different  for everyone. For some, they jump in with both feet and take off from the first, and their income shows it. Others are less consistent, more hesitant to trust it or really give it their all…and their income shows it. This really is a case of “You get what you give.”

That being said, I can tell you that I have replaced the income I was earning as a photographer. I built my photography business over a period of more than 3 years. I’ve only been a coach for one year.


That’s it in a nutshell. That’s my PROOF that you can do this. I don’t CARE what your personal weaknesses are. I guarantee there’s another successful coach somewhere in our organization who has dealt with something similar and overcome it. The point is that this business offers a new life, it offers hope for those dreams you gave up on long ago. It offers an opportunity for you to change who you are and become something you CHOOSE to become, rather than just letting life happen.

If I can do this. . . so can you.

If you would like to learn more about coaching, head over and fill out this quick form so I can get to know YOU a little better. I’ll get in touch ASAP and take the time to answer all of YOUR questions! This is not a journey you will ever have to take alone!

I DARE you to consider this. I dare you to dream a little more than you have in years. I dare you to believe that there is something incredible in your future.

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Fit Kids for Summer Series: 5 Ideas to Help You Lead by Example

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Today is the last day of our Fit Kids for Summer Series! Have you enjoyed it? Drop us a comment and let us know what your favorite post was, or share on our Facebook page a picture of you and your kids getting fit together!

Today I’m going to share with you my ideas on how to lead your kids toward a healthier lifestyle by your own example. But first, here are the links to all of the posts from our awesome series. Many thanks go out to our awesome guests who contributed!

Summer Bucket List from Hillary

10 Exercises from Your Childhood from Andie at Maybe I Will

Proper Nutrition for Your Kids from Evi at Eyeliners and Erasers

25 Ideas to Keep the Kids Active from Samantha at Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Summer Explorers from Michelle at My Two Seasons and Love That Shot

5 Ideas to Help You Lead by Example by Kandice


If you are anything like me, a large part of your summer turns into “go do this” and “go do that”, rather than “let’s do this” or “let’s do that.”  As parents, many of us tend to follow the saying “Do as I say, not as I do.” We say we want our kids to be fit and healthy, but we don’t lead by example. Even those who are trying to become more fit and workout, we tend to do it either away from the kids at a gym, or after the kids are in bed (or before they wake up) so we don’t have to deal with them climbing all over us and taking our attention away from the workout. For a lot of moms, working out is not only our stress reliever, but our chance to have some peace and quiet!

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But you know what? Wow! What an amazing thing to see your kids get off the couch and do a workout with you! My seven-year-old son had more than once done enough of one of our workouts to actually be sweating and breathing heavily.

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My eight year old daughter (notoriously lazy like her mama) loves to do her own workout when she has the living room to herself, and she will do the entire 40 minute Tony and the Kids program. The whole thing! Smiling the whole time.

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My four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son can do a MEAN downward dog. 😉

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So here are a few ideas to help you teach your children to live a more fit lifestyle…leading by example!

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1) Let them join your workouts! Make workout time a family event by clearing space and bringing the kids in the room with you. Yeah, yeah, you don’t have enough space. You should see my living room. 😉 Shove the couches into the kitchen (yes, I’ve done it!) and just make room for the kids. No, it won’t be the best workout you’ve ever had, and yes, you might decide to get in an extra, more intense workout after bedtime. But your kids will be seeing you put exercise at the top of your list of priorities, and they will be doing the same. When your son invite a friend over and talks him into doing P90X rather than playing with Legos, you’ll know it’s working. 😉

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2) USE your kids in your workouts! My husband will often have whichever kid is closest to him help push him deeper into a stretch. Occasionally, he’ll grab somebody and bench press them rather than using the weights. Hilarity ensues every time. For myself, I usually have my kids grab the camera so I have something new to post for my followers.

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3) Share! Many who are working on becoming more fit are also incorporating healthy products into their nutrition. For me, it’s Shakeology, and my kids LOVE these shakes! My two-year-old will come running through the house if he heard the blender going, and he won’t give me a moment’s peace until I either share with him or make him one of his own.

How many of you buy protein shakes? Granola bars or fresh produce? And how many of you hoard the healthy stuff and give the cheap food to the kids? Yes, healthy food can sometimes be more expensive. But is that little extra bit out of your grocery budget really worth the bad habits you’re teaching your kids? If they are raised on cold cereal and boxed dinners, they’re going to grow up loving that type of food and find it very difficult to change their eating habits when their metabolism finally slows. Teach them the healthy habits now while they’re willing and you’ll reap the rewards later.

 

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4) Challenge them! When you’re out and enjoying other activities, challenge the kids occasionally to what we call “Feats of Strength.” Randomly call out that you want them to do ten push-ups or twenty jumping jacks. Or ask who can do the most jumping jacks in a minute. See who can hold a plank longer or do the best Warrior 3 pose. Ask them to show you their muscles after a workout or Feat of Strength and be sure to praise them for all their hard work.

We like to go for hikes or walks as a family, and sometimes just with friends. Our oldest son likes to be the leader and he likes to lead…from a distance. 🙂 He’s fast and has no patience waiting for the little ones to keep pace. If he’s getting too far ahead of the  group, we’ll call out to him to drop and give us ten, do twenty jumping jacks, or something similar. It’s always enough to get a little of that energy out while we’re all catching up, so that he’s better able to stick to our pace for a few minutes. All the while, he feels like The Man, and we’re sure to tell him that he is indeed The Man. 🙂

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5) Local events. There are so many local events that can help you keep your kids active! Are you a runner? Take your older kids with you for a 5K, even a color run if you can! My son was SO excited when I let him join me for this run, and he was a rockstar! He started out strong and was mad that I wouldn’t let him go ahead of me. About halfway through he just wanted to be done, but we pushed through together. He was so tired, but he kept going. When we got to the end, there were crowds of people lining the path, cheering on the runners. I told him “Look at all those people cheering for you! Let’s finish it strong and give them something to cheer about.” He immediately picked up the pace and ran the last few hundred yards, with tons of people reaching out to high-five him and tell him how awesome he was. What an amazing experience for a young boy! To have so many people apparently adoring you for your strength…he’s already begging me for another.

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There you have it. Hopefully, you’ll agree that letting the kids see you workout is something that will benefit them for a long time to come. It doesn’t matter one bit if your own fitness goals are slowed a little by the children. What you will be measuring is their own talent, skill, self-confidence, and health. And they will indeed amaze you and everyone around them with their dedication and enthusiasm, which in turn will encourage you to continue with your own workouts. Now, get off the computer and go workout!

*If you would like to know more about the workout program I show above called Tony and the Kids, click on the image for more information. Another program is also available for kids called Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club. This one is awesome too, with Shaun T teaching the kids how to dance (and getting their exercise in the meantime). Email us at fitmama.fitfamily@gmail.com for more information!

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Fit Kids for Summer Series: 25 Ideas to Keep the Kids Active

Hey everyone, happy Friday! Is anyone else as ridiculously excited and relieved as I am that the weekend is finally here?! Whoop! We are continuing our Fit Kids for Summer series today, and you’re going to love today’s post.

Our guest today is Samantha from Fearlessly Creative Mamas. Her blog is chock full of recipes,  crafts, and other fun stuff, so if you haven’t visited it yet you should head over now!  Oh wait…not NOW now, but LATER now, after you’ve read her post below! 😉 Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite new idea so far in the series! -Kandice


I am sooo HAPPY that school is finally out for summer break. I think I have been counting down the days since like Christmas! I’m sure I will be happy for it to start back up by the time September rolls around though.

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I love summer. It is my favorite season and we are so busy in summer. I have come up with a great list of activities to keep you and your kids active this summer, hopefully you won’t hear the word bored as much! 🙂

1. Play hopscotch. It will keep your kids moving, and it’s a great way to keep them practicing writing their numbers and counting.

2. Jump on the trampoline. If you don’t have one, check out the local Ijump. It is a great way for the kids to burn off some extra energy.

3. Try to keep using electronics to a minimum. My kids will be hard to talk into this, but I keep reminding them, we only get a few months of nice weather, so get outside and enjoy it!

4. Take them on bike rides. Even if you don’t ride a bike, you can walk or jog along side.

5. Go on nature hikes. This would be a great way to teach them about different kinds of tree and animals.

6. Have races with them in the backyard. Winner gets to pick where you have ice cream that night.

7. Jump rope. They have jump ropes at Walmart in the kids department by the hoola hoops for 97 cents!

8. Make treats together, like cookies, and while they’re cooking, do a quick workout together; jumping jacks, push ups, etc. My kids love to do workouts with me, even if they don’t do it exactly right.

9. Run through the sprinklers, or get a slip and slide. Those things are so fun and will wear the kids right out!

10. Take them to Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Leo’s, or somewhere else with a play place, and let them go crazy!

11. Do yoga together. They might show you up since little kids are so flexible, but it’s fun to watch at least 🙂

12. Take them to a near by park to play.

13. Make a circuit in the backyard with different stations. So like the first one do 20 jump ropes, the second dribble a ball 10 times, etc.

14. If you have a Radio Flyer wagon, have them give each other rides with it across the yard.

15. Have a scavenger hunt in the backyard.

16. Play Mother May I? Did you play that when you were little? I really liked it!

17. Have your kids help you do yard work, even just pulling weeds.

18. If your kids are giving you grief about limiting electronics, like I know my kids will, then require a certain amount of other activities. Like play outside for an hour, or if they have chores to do first.

19. Go swimming. This is one of our favorite family activities in the summer. We like to go to Rexburg Rapids, Ross Park, Lava Hot Springs, Heise, and this year we going to Rigby Lake for the first time.

20. Go skating. We haven’t braved it yet since our kids are kind of young still, but it will happen soon. Starlight Skating is where I liked to go when I was little.

21. Go bowling. Bowlero is our favorite place in town.

22. Summer sports are a great way to keep your kids active in the summer. The YMCA has great programs.

23. The Paramount Theater has a great summer movie program, and they are so inexpensive!

24. Do a 5k with the family. They have tons in the summer! So far we have done the Color Run, and we have registered for the Neon Vibe, but I have heard about a really cool super hero one that I want to look into, and I know there is another one on the 4th of July that sounds like a lot of fun too!

25. Go camping! So much fun and so much to do!!

I hope this list has given you some great ideas to keep your summer fun and hopefully not hear “I’m bored” so much! 🙂

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Exercise is fun to do

The birds are chirping, the grass is getting green and the days are longer. Spring is here, for the most part, where I live. It’s about time.  Although I probably should be on alert for the occasional snowstorm that could blow through at any given moment! Anyway, there isn’t anything better than a beautiful evening when you can spend some time outside with your family. Winters around here bring plenty of tv and video game time, so the fresh air and beautiful scenery are a welcome guest!

This past week I have tried to take advantage of every possible nice evening and get out with my kids. They need it and love it just as much as I do!

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Luckily, I have three boys who all love to be active and be outside. It’s pretty easy for me, most days, to suggest going for a bike ride or a run and they jump right on it! Something that has been fun for all of us is having my older boys ride their bikes while I run with my baby in the jogging stroller. It’s not strenuous and crazy for anyone. We just go for a leisurely run/ride and enjoy the evening together.

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We have so much fun together and it brings us closer as a family. I would suggest finding something that you and your kids can enjoy together! We all know how miserable it can be when you are dragging them along and they are hating every.single.minute. I will be changing it up in the near future, I’m sure, because the bike rides/runs won’t be nearly as exciting for my boys. They will be ready for something new and I’m okay with that.

I would love to hear what fun and active things you do as a family! How can we incorporate exercise into their loves without them even really realizing that’s what they are getting?