Being a healthy role model for your kids is more than letting them see you eating a bowlful of veggies for dinner. It's about your attitude towards eating those veggies! You can eat healthy food, but do your kids see you enjoying them?
One thing I've always been excited about is exercise. I thoroughly enjoy being active! I would rather go on a run in the morning than do anything else. Nothing stands in my way of going running. When my kids ask why do I have to go every morning, I say- Because I love to run! Well, guess who else loves to run now? Nate my 14 year old, who is running a half marathon with me this Saturday! Guess who else wants to go running with me? Erica, my 11 year old! (really, she just really likes to go everywhere with me!!)
Now, we've taken our kids on tons of hiking trips around Utah and for the most part, they've all had fun. Erica is my biggest complainer, but eventually she comes around. Well, this summer when we went to Arches National Park , the ranger told us how amazing the hike to Delicate Arch was at night! So, I arranged for the kids to stay with my in-laws for the weekend, and planned a trip with just my husband and I to hike in Moab, Utah. You know what? It was amazing!! No complaining, no rest stops, no interruptions! My husband and I were able to talk non-stop for 24 hours without the incessant sound of "mom. mom. mom. mom. mom." But, the best part of course, was showing our kids the pictures, and talking about how amazing it was, and having them see how much we love the outdoors and being active together.
Our first stop was Devils Garden . This was a 7.2 mile loop with lot's of arches to see along the way. The trail was well maintained, but we managed to get lost anyway!! We only got to see half the arches, because the second half of the loop, we were walking on the outside of Devils Garden, rather than the inside!! Big bummer.
We went into Moab, had some dinner, then returned at night and hiked to Delicate Arch . The stars were amazing and the moon was bright! We had 4 flashlights between the two of us, but it was still a little tricky. Totally worth it! We both had never been able to see as many stars in the sky as we saw that night.
Then, the next morning we headed to Dead Horse Point, which was also amazing!! We hiked around the park, about 6 miles, and checked out different lookout points along the way.
One reason the hiking in the state and National Parks in Utah are so great, is because they line the trails with Cairns to help you find the best way around the park and not miss the cool stuff! And they are supposed to help you from getting lost, but I guess we weren't paying enough attention while in Devils Garden..lol. The Cairns are stacks of rocks like this:
But our favorite Cairn looked like Delicate Arch!!
Obviously, we had a great time, and we hope our kids will grow up with an appreciation for the outdoors as we do. So, plan to get out and do something active with just you and your spouse! Play tennis, go on a hike, go jogging, swimming, whatever! Not only will you love spending time together again, but your kids will see you enjoying being active, and as they grow up, they'll consider that a pretty awesome thing to be!