Here’s a winning combination: family and fitness. I try to link the two whenever possible – such as exercising our horses with granddaughter Jessie. And walking 4 to 6 miles on a Saturday with my grandson Jake has become somewhat of a ritual. How many 8th graders actually look forward to spending Saturday mornings with Nana? It wasn’t long ago that Jake could care less about walking, let alone hiking. Since we acquired a home in the mountains, where we are not lacking for scenic wooded trails and streams, Jake actually sets the pace on challenging hikes that he was neither capable of nor interested in just a few years ago.
Recently our family was invited to watch a friend’s daughter in a softball tournament held 5 miles from our house. You should have seen the delight in my faithful canine companion Sherman’s eyes when he saw the leash that signaled a Mommy-Doggy walk. I waved to my kids as they drove by with the chairs and ice chests in their cars. (If you’re wondering, yes, we did ride on the way home!)
Engaging in fun fitness activities with family is double-dipping in the most fulfilling and healthy way.
Until next time,