Thursday, June 25, 2015

Teaching Kids To Be Healthy

Has any one heard of the Iron Cowboy? He is a man from Lindon,  Utah who is currently working on running 50 Ironman races, in 50 states, in 50 days.  For those of you who don't know what an Ironman is, it's an ultra triathlon. You swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon (26.2 miles)  He's doing that every day for 50 days, while driving to every 50 states, 50/50/50.  Here's a couple videos to show you why:

You can follow the Iron Cowboy in his journey through Facebook. You can also donate to his cause (which, I feel, is a pretty worthy cause) on his website.  I don't know him personally, I'm not affiliated with him or sponsor him, I just think he has an awesome cause and I support him in it. 

Trev and I try to teach the girls about exercise and having a healthy lifestyle.  We aren't super strict on them having snacks, although we do try to keep that to a minimum. We want the girls to enjoy things in life and not restrict them from every "unhealthy" food out there, we let them watch TV, we think it's important for them to be kids and to act like kids, but we also want to teach them how to be healthy.

Part of teaching them that lifestyle is giving them lots of ideas for playing outside.  Not just sending them out there to, hopefully, kick a ball around or to play in the sand.  But showing them fun ways to play outside. Get in the dirt and play with them.

Trevon really loves MovNat, which is a fitness system that is based on the way our bodies are supposed to move and work.  It has a lot to do with getting out in nature, instead of going to the gym, and using your surroundings and your body. (I'm not doing it justice by trying to explain it, because I just don't explain it very well. Maybe, someday, I can talk Trevon into posting on this blog and explaining some MovNat stuff to all of you. )  Anyway, when I was in Zions, Trev showed the girls one fun way to play outside, an obstacle course.

They had to go down the ramp, kick the ball, run to the cone, throw the pine cones in the bucket, balance on the board, and weave in and out of the cones.

So a couple days later, I thought I'd set one up for them.  They had to kick the ball through the cones, run and touch each cone, jump in the frisbees, balance on the board, throw the pine cones in the bucket, then they were supposed to pull the pine cones back to the beginning but M just ended up pulling the sled around instead. Still good excursive for her though. And to be honest, they ended up liking Daddy's obstacle course more I think. Mine didn't entertain them for very long.


If you're thinking, "yeah, but I don't have things to make an obstacle course out of", these are all things we had in our tiny shed.  Look in your garage, around your house, in you shed and you'll most likely find something you can use. Or, go to a close by park (walk there for more exercise) and make an obstacle course going down the slides, climbing ladders, running through swings.

But this isn't the only way to promote exercise in your children.  Do it through example. Go running, go on a family bike ride, take a family hike. Go swimming or just play catch in the back yard.

*Please remember what ever kind of physical activity you decide to do, to take extra water! It's hot out there, stay hydrated. 

Trevon and I are both very active, and we hope that by showing our girls that exercise is important to us, that they will learn to do it and love it as much as we do.

What are some of your favorite ways to teach your kids about a healthy lifestyle?


  1. This is awesome! My hisband loves following ultra runners and iron mans. So important to keep kids active. Such a huge benefit for learning. Love all these fun exercises!

    1. Thank you! It's amazing what people can do. You should definitely look this guy up, if you haven't already. He's getting close to hitting his money goal. And he's already half way done with the 50.