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So, I need to get serious about my health again. I also have a 5 1/2 year old niece who has a worthless, never around father. She has all this energy to burn, and I wondered if it's healthy for her to jog? She'd do anything that I do, because I'm the closest to a father figure she's got. If it's safe for her little knees and joints and development, I thought it might be cool to start something like jogging or hiking together. Obviously she won't be fast, but it would be good motivation for me and hopefully something healthy and fun for her. (I'm obviously not going to push her into 1/2 marathons...but a mile here and there with some hiking maybe?)
I want to teach her basketball, but she's just not ready for that yet from a coordination standpoint.
My wife is a doctor and a runner and says yes. She would be fine. She's right in saying kids have to run a mile in school. That distance would be no issue and she will let you know of she's tired.
It would be fine for you to start running and for her to run with you. The biggest issue will be her endurance more than anything. They may be able to run all day and play games however it is more challenging to them to run for long periods of time. You may want to consider a cross- training such as swimming and running or hiking like you said. Just switch it up a little and she would follow along.
In today's world the more you can get her running around is better than the alternative of sitting behind a computer screen or video game. Go out have fun and get healthy.
Also to answer the main question it will be fine for her bones and joints they can absorb some stress just make sure she keeps good posture. Of course use common sense if she complains of pain than give it a rest for a while and change the workout
Good deal, thanks. She craves a dad, and she's stuck with Uncle T12 =(
Sounds like good advice. She isn't overweight, but she needs to get out of the house a lot more. She's actually kind of tall and thin. She's not going to want to just jog for a long time, so I figured we'd do maybe a quarter mile to start, then maybe figure out a game where we both have to move a lot, and maybe work her up to a mile as a warmup or something. Not trying to make her a cyborg (g) ... well, I wouldn't mind being oblivious to exhaustion myself. Just thought we might be good motivation for each other.
T12, where are you located? I may have some hiking suggestions.
Tuscaloosa. I'm all ears if you got something for me...
What about her riding a bike while you jog... best of both worlds.
Also, fwiw, I used to kind of trot around the Sokol trails when I was staying healthy.
Good idea! Although, at first, she might outpace me. Gained a good bit of weight this past year, and just got over about 2 weeks of bronchitis, followed by a week of the flu, followed by some type of allergy induced asthma/coughing deal. Finally ready to get started again, but it's gonna take a couple weeks before I'm making any real pace.
I like the trails at lake lurleen state park. Up to approx. 15 miles with lots of shorter options. Easy terrain, well marked, and park has some playground areas and a beach and swim area for warm weather days. Just 15 minutes from Northport.
oak mountain in bham is also good. Has 30 + miles of well marked trails, paddle boats, and a petting zoo. About an hour from t-town. Also has horseback riding during warm weather.
Someone invited me to bike Lake Lurleen once...I've heard good things. That'll be my first stop. I really appreciate the tips. Would give an alternative when she got tired of hiking to hit the playground.
My daughter loved walking/jogging on campus. At certain times, like early sunday morning, campus is very quiet and a great place to walk. It is pretty cool seeing sites like bryant-denny when no one else is around. Plus, there are a few little eateries where you can get her a treat after the "workout".
True. Place has added a lot of little spots like that since I was a student.
Yeah, consider morning runs on campus on weekends. Very peaceful.
agree with this...early Sundays on campus, esp in winter is a magical time...
1960 Les Paul
Well good luck with everything. In the end, she will not care where you went as much as she will remember that you went and the time you spent together. My daughter and I still enjoy our runs/walks together. Rtr
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