Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to add physical activity into your family's life!

Are you getting the recommend weekly amounts of physical activity?  The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines state adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.  Youth and Children should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity. This should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days per week and activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week.  How do you fair?

I am a firm believer in leading by example especially when it comes to being physically active and my children.  If I am going to meet the recommended physical activity per week my children are coming with me.  This happens in many ways.  Hiking, biking, walking to school, and playing around the yard.  My favourite way for reaching these required activity amounts is trail running.  Even better is sharing it with my children.

The Perseverance Trail Run in Cumberland BC is one of those fabulous events that have it all.  Two courses; 10km and 3km, beautiful forest trails, competitive or not, and for all ages.  The 3km cross country course is fun focused.  Perfect for those new to running or who want to simply take in the scenery and explore some new trails.  The 10km mountain run has the classic Cumberland feel with single track trails and steady climbs.
This event is great for kids.  Being so close to Halloween, costumes are welcome!  What kid does not want to wear their Halloween costume?  I was excited to run in this race.  I have been dealing with an Achilles’ tendon injury for the past few months so the 3km run was a perfect way to get back to trail running.  I was also excited to be able to run with Ben (6) and Liv (4) on their first trail run race.  So many positive things came out of this event.  My injury seems to be fading so I can get back to running again.  Ben ran strong and went ahead on his own.  An accomplishment he is very proud of.  Liv managed to run the entire 3km with the exception of two steep hills and the odd break for water and energy shots. (aka: Smarties)

Fitting physical activity into a busy and chaotic family schedule can be done.  It can be done together or solo.  Whatever the case, get it done!  

Find your event
Finding a trail running event is a task in itself.  The great google search can help and once you find one it becomes easier to find more. Races tend to promote other races and word of mouth helps.
The Vancouver Island Spine Series is a series of fun events held over the course of each year to raise awareness about the proposed Spine Trail.  A proposed inland trail from Mile Zero (Douglas St at Dallas Rd) in the south to Cape Scott at the northern tip of the Island.  The Series is made up of more than a dozen events that are organized by local Vancouver Island outdoors groups.  Check out their website for more information on trails and races. VI Spine Trail

Mark the Perseverance Trail Run on your calender for next year.  It's a great event to test run your Halloween costume.  Perseverance Trail Run

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