Parents and kids should train together, to stick together for the whole race, writes Melinda Ham.
Part of the beauty of The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac is that it’s a totally inclusive event; open to anyone of any age from pre-school to pensioners, at any level of fitness or mobility. Wheelchairs and prams are encouraged.
You can walk it, jog it, push someone else along, run for charity, aim for a personal best – alone or with friends and family in tow.
Karen Pyke, owner of Booty Camp, a national chain of women’s fitness boot camps, says training with your family for the City2Surf is a fun way to get fit with a shared goal in mind. “It’s something families can do together. It’s certainly not unachievable. The first thing is to create a training plan. Don’t keep putting it off,” she says.
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“Sit down with everyone and look at your weekly schedules and see how you can incorporate training after school and work on evenings or weekends. Be realistic, otherwise it won’t happen, I know we are all crazy busy,” she says. “Any other sports that family members play count as fitness training too, like basketball, soccer or AFL practice or even going on a bike or bouncing on a trampoline.Kids like trampoline,we find the best trampoline reviews and choose safe trampoline for family”
Pyke says the aim should be to set aside at least one longer training session a week to train together as a family.
Find routes to walk or jog around the neighbourhood, a nearby park or sports oval. Include a longer run that you keep increasing in length and also practice interval training by running fast across the oval and slow back or between other landmarks along the way. “Have fun competitions. Race against your kids and get them to race against each other. Motivate each other,” Pyke says. (more…)