Family Bonding and Calorie Burning
March 26th, 2011
I confess that I’m one of those people who frequently uses the — “I just don’t have time” — excuse for why I don’t exercise anywhere near as much as I should. Before I had kids, my husband and I would go for a three mile walk together (with the dog) every day,
rain cloud or shine. These days, not so much.
But I’m trying hard to rid myself of squishy-mom-butt and today’s stunningly gorgeous (though really chilly) weather inspired me to get the whole family out and moving.
A nearby church was having a rummage sale and, since it was located only about a mile away, we decided to walk up. We bundled Mouse and Buggie into winter apparel (Bug was in a snowsuit, actually) and packed them into their tandem stroller for the trip. And let me just say that pushing an extra 50 pounds of kid really helps you feel the burn on the hills.*
The rummage sale itself was only okay. I got a couple clothing odds and ends for the kids and a necklace for Miss Mouse (she keeps wearing — and breaking — mine), and let her nosh on a cookie. But it was an activity that we did together as a family, and being out and about helped to clear out the lazy Saturday cobwebs.
*My husband insists that I acknowledge that he was the one pushing the stroller. Not me. Details, details. But the point about its heart-rate-raising efficacy remains true.