However, when running with children, it is important to follow some basic safety guidelines:
Before heading out, the best way to motivate your children is by setting up a fun running outing which takes into account their individual levels and abilities and the distance you will be running.
Motor skills are different at every age. Don't think of your kids as little adults. Instead, change your pace, distance and the length of breaks based on the needs of each individual child. Running is an ideal sport for younger people, allowing them to do a different kind of recreational activity which will help stimulate and develop motor and sensory skills.
An example jogging outing with children: Start with a short run (no longer than 15 minutes). Then, walk for a bit and take a picnic break to replenish your energy. Run for a little while longer, and then take some rest breaks in which you play fun games. Start your return journey with a short run and have a little challenge after you finish!
The main goal is to have fun with your kids while bearing in mind their individual abilities and desires. The best thing is to do a variety of activities to keep them interested all day long and teach them to love running. These could include:
- Exploring nature by looking for and learning the names of the birds and flowers you see during your outing.
- Learning how to read maps, road signs and a compass.
- Outside games (leapfrog, ball games, etc.)
Running should be fun for children. When you run with kids, avoid competitiveness and instead foster a spirit of fun and sharing. Teach your children to observe nature, to listen to their bodies and especially to respond to their needs (in terms of food and beverages) during their run.
Most importantly, make sure to encourage your kids in all of their discoveries and efforts!
Remember that running is the ideal leisure and sporting activity to do with your kids over the holidays. Whether discovering nature, learning and sharing, or developing their bodies and senses, the most important thing is to promote motivation by adapting recreational activities to the abilities of every child and to plan for your run while bearing in mind some key needs, which include food, hydration, sun protection, and running shoes and clothing.
Running, the ideal way for kids to spend the holidays!