Active Saturday: The simplicity of running

As adults we either know first hand, or from watching others, that there is a definite love for running. It is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety and activate endorphins. And running tends to be goal oriented, with a desire to improve and build on your best times or longest distances.

Then there are adults who do not enjoy running. There is a dread that can resonate with just the thought of it. For these people running is not fun and will not be something they engage in for activity and enjoyment.

But do you remember running as a child? There were no stigmas. There was no need to compete with yourself to get better. It was simple. Either you naturally just ran to get from point A to point B, or you ran as part of a game. Even being required to run a mile in gym came later, and still didn’t pose any threat to the natural piece of running in play.

So today I encourage you to let your child run. Maybe not in the house, unless it works for your home. But get them out, encourage fun games like tag, or racing each other. Your kids will love it and it’ll be good for them.

P.S. – For those of you who know J, he’s so proud of his running now that he has a cast on his arm. He’s decided it makes him faster because it holds his arm at a ninety-degree angle. So cute!

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