While we are still adapting to living out West, one thing I do like very much about our new city is the focus on fitness. The weather is finally nice here (not 120 degrees!) and everyone is getting out to exercise.
Our schools have been in session this week and the big kids’ schools have both done Turkey Trots. The kids train for weeks running laps around the school and the fields. Then on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving the kids have fun runs with their families at school. The parents come out to the schools and run along side their kids. (I couldn’t keep up with Walsh yesterday. I was cutting corners on the field and I still couldn’t catch up. He was a little Forrest Gump – he just kept on running. We’ll see about Rose today.)
It’s not like the Boosterthon we use to do in Gwinnett. The schools aren’t trying to raise money. They just want to focus on fitness during the holidays. (The schools also do their winter parties outside with races and other athletic games. It’s really nice to get the kids moving.)
We are also planning to hike up a mountain on Thanksgiving morning. (I am coming down with a cold so I hope it doesn’t get too bad and we can still go.) The kids are loving all the different hiking trails around the city. There are rocks and cacti and from the top you can see the whole area. It’s fun to get out as a family, explore and get exercise. (We are hoping that if we train on the little mountain, eventually we can hike the Grand Canyon as a family. Lilina will need to be a little bit bigger!)
So I am hoping that these experiences might encourage other families to get out, enjoy the nice weather (supposed to 66 degrees F on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta) and get some exercise as a family. (Maybe Stone Mountain or Kennesaw Mountain?)
Are there any opportunities for you to get out and have some family exercise on Thaksgiving Day or the weekend? Family football or kickball? Family walks or hikes? Family turkey trots?