My husband needs to lose some weight and get active. My children are healthy weight and reasonably active but not sporty. As they get older and playing no longer involves running around like mad things, I can see their activity levels tailing off. I am a keen runner, running 5 times a week, racing often and other strength/flexibility sessions around improving my running.
I was thinking that we could do Couch to 5k together. There's a local 5k run on Good Friday that we could aim for.
When my husband has tried to run in the past (IMO) he tries to do too much too soon and has to stop because of painful knees etc. I thought doing it with the kids would make him stick to the programme!
So, my questions are:
- Is it sensible for boys aged 10 & 12 to follow such a programme?
- How would doing that, in addition to my regular schedule, affect my running?
Any tips for selling it to the children would be appreciated. Husband is quite keen, children not so much. I'm hoping to podcasts might do it - they usually have very limited access to electronic gadgets but realise I may be clutching at straws!
if the kids aren't interested then you are going to find it hard going.....making it part of a family challenge might work....have you looked if there are any parkruns near you....lots of kids do them and they get sent times..maybe you could just do one .and afterwards tell them there is a challenge to who can take the most time improvements in 3 months.....
Obviously a brilliant idea Freddy. If your children don't like the idea don't push them too hard as they might resent you for it.
I'd probably focus on the hubby first as it sounds like he wants to but because of injury stopped. As seren has said, the park run idea is perfect for this. Get out there with them all and see if they like it.
Why not ask your children what they'd like to do? They might not want to start running but might be keen to try something else.
LOL - Cinders I hadn't thought of that! X-Box or Facebook...
Thank you seren and Ja5on those are great ideas.
Need to make it fun, in some way, for the kids. 60s jog, 90s walk is not that much fun.,, when repeated eight times, especially if you choose the roads around an industrial estate to do it!
good luck. hope it works out.
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