These days, it seems no one can escape from the constant discussion of childhood obesity. Although politicians like to try to blame food manufacturers, beverage distributors, and fast food restaurants, any parent with half a conscience knows he is the one responsible for monitoring his children's diet and exercise. In addition to providing healthy food choices, parents must also ensure that their children get regular exercise.
One great way to get your children off of the couch and to connect with them is to choose a race to run and then spend time training for it together. Children can typically handle a 5 kilometer run (5K) once they get to be about 7 or 8 years old. Younger kids or those for whom a 5K is too long can get involved in a 1 mile race. There are many races for kids, as well as races for all ages, from which you can choose.
The 5K is a great distance to train for with your kids because it is long enough to be challenging but short enough to be manageable. If either you or your child is just starting out as a runner or if you just want a good training program to help get you started, check out the very popular, very effective Couch to 5K program. It can help you and your child plan your workouts and train together. Alternatively, use your first session to create a training plan of your own and to choose your race.
The purpose of the "Connect with your kids daily" series is to give parents fun ways to spend time and make memories with their children without spending a lot of money and in the limited time too often left by demanding work schedules.