Friday, June 26, 2009

Getting Your Exercise Just Like a Kid

This morning the toddler and I watched Sid the Science Kid on PBS. Sid investigated "exercise," and I could tell that at 20 months, the toddler doesn't quite grasp the concept. Sure, I take him to the gym almost every day, and on the way there I always tell him that I'm going to exercise. He has seen me exercise when I swim, do yoga, or lift weights at home. And when we run, kick the ball, or throw the ball, I tell him that we are exercising. I think the toddler doesn't quite get the concept of exercise because exercise is what he does all day long:

He runs (and really NEVER walks)

He stretches

He climbs

He is having fun in the water

In other words, he loves what he is doing. Luckily, I can honestly say that I also love my exercise these days (I have come a LONG way as I used to view exercise as something "I had to do;" what a difference!):
  • my swims outdoors first thing in the morning - they truly make me feel like a kid!
  • my challenging hikes that reward me with THE BEST view at the end
  • my runs on the treadmill with gorgeous views out the window at the gym
  • my exercise DVDs that let me sweat very efficiently at home
  • my neighborhood walks that make me feel connected to where I live
Questions: Do you ever feel like a kid when you exercise? What's your favorite fun form of exercise?

Be well,


  1. Your son is cute! Great job teaching him about the importance of exercise. My kids watch Sid the Science Kid too. It's a great show.

  2. Oh my gosh- he is so adorable!!

    Love your points today! I teach some aerobics classes using BOSU balls and whenever I jump around on the BOSU - I totally feel like a kid!!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I think this is the first time I'm seeing your little boy? He is SUCH a sweetie! Look at the overabounding energy within that little body!

  4. I feel like a kid when I ride my bike.