Not completely Mamavation related, but I tried something new on Friday. I took my youngest two to the farmers market, and usually my middle child is running away from me in all different directions. It makes a nice day very difficult. So I decided to give it a little bit of a different approach, I basically let him do whatever he wanted to do. I followed him slowly from booth to booth, letting him talk to vendors, sample items, and even participate in a collaborative art project.
He then picked out some grapes from one of the vendors, and we munched on them while we listened to some live music. We had some lunch and when he was ready to leave we left. It was such a nice peaceful afternoon, and I don't know why I've never tried to approach any situation in that manner. I guess that's how parenting is though, you learn as you go.
Saturday was a bust for me. I had to work most of the morning. My husband and the boys got out of the house for a while, but in the later afternoon he couldn't miss his very important college rivalry football game. He misses a lot of football games to spend time with us, so I don't really ever complain about this one. I tried to make up for it Sunday by taking the family down to San Diego to the Safari Park to get out of the house and move around and just enjoy being outside. We have a membership so I do try to take advantage of the as much as possible.
We traded off carrying the baby and pushing the stroller so there was a lot of exercise to be had! It's a pretty big park but there wasn't a lot of people so we were able to really cover a lot of ground and enjoy ourselves. I want to try doing something like this every Sunday, even if it's just hiking locally in the hills by our house. I do have a hiking carrier for the baby that I haven't even used.
I got in tons of steps that day without having to think about it or force myself. So my new plan is to do a little something every day to get more movement in a fun way. I'm going to start walking to and from my son's school for drop-off and pickup and maybe after school when they're playing outside I can actively run around with them instead of sitting and watching. Of course walking around the neighborhood as a family after dinner is another good idea too. Even little things like parking farther away when I run errands, or even walking to different businesses if they're in the same shopping center rather than driving across, all of those steps add up.
Do you have any fun ideas for staying active?