How do you and your spouse walk for exercise with a child?..

Lesley - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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... but taking our 6 year old daughter is not easy for getting a good workout. She is too old for a stroller, but too young to ride on a bike or scooter the whole time. Any suggestions?

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Melisa - posted on 06/06/2011

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I don't know about 6 being too young to ride a bike or scooter. Considering my own children (9,8 & 6) lives depend on that form of transportation and entertainment. When we first started, we had to frequently stop to rest and remind them of the road rules. We still do as it is not only a form of exercise but we also use it as an excuse not to use the car. We get a few stares and smiles as we ride pass. All of us ride BMX's. Mainly the reasoning behind this: Is that the children can keep up and we are still pedaling without going one circle to their 20. That can be a bit boring. But they do enjoy their rides and brings the family closer together.

Anne - posted on 06/04/2011

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My 4 and 7 year old ride their scooters and bikes everywhere. We even took them on a 10k bicycle ride 2 months ago. None of them has training wheels anymore. Also, both of them ride their scooters to school in the mornings ( I walk them to school).

Victoria - posted on 06/04/2011

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We walk in the woods with the dog. No one ever gets bored because there is plants to look at, trees to climb, animals to spot and we go for miles. My kids were 5 and 7 when we started. Good luck on finding something that works for you.

Charity - posted on 06/04/2011

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My kids (5 and 8) ride their bikes while we walk. The younger still has training wheels. They love to ride, and can ride the entire 5 mile circut we walk.

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Monique - posted on 06/15/2011

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For a while I let my 5 year old drive her power wheels barbie jeep. Or if you have considered riding bikes the have one for kids that hooks to the back of an adult bike, if she gets tired she could take a brake and let you do the work

Lissa - posted on 06/15/2011

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Since I live a few miles away from my job, I make it a habit of walking to and/or from work several days a week. I find that it doesn't take any extra time away from my family and that I actually get to my destination a lot faster when I walk.

Lisa - posted on 06/07/2011

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Is she not in school during the day? Thats when I get my 5 km daily walk in. My son is still in school so nothing to stop me. Hubby has a very physical outdoor job so he doesnt need to exercise. He goes for bike rides or rollerblading with our 8 yr old on weekends for fun (while I get to be lazy!)

I suspect I will be doing the great suggestion posted above during the summer - walk the school track while my son plays nearby..or get up earlier to use my treadmill.

Deanna - posted on 06/07/2011

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We take the ou 10 & 6 y/o girls for walks with the family dog. Yes, we have to shorten the distance, but we both feel it's important for them to get some exercise. Now with the warmer months we'll be swimming a lot too. My husband and I take turns also taking the children, so the other can get their workout in with out being distracted by the kids. Our girls still complain they don't want to walk that far, but they are strong and should be able to walk circles around us! After all if their little friends were around this is exactly what they would be doing! :)

Ange - posted on 06/06/2011

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walking is not only good for you but good for the child too they can use the exercise too to keep up the muscle tone.... my 7 year old never gets bored on our walks and she absolutely loves to walk she will either walk with us or ride her bike or scooter.... there is no reason to think she can't ride her bike on your power walks cause of her age... if she is not used to going for long periods of time then start her off slowly short and easy for a tiny bit then work then into alittle faster.... I had to do that with my daughter now she can walk a great distance and at our pace we don't have to stay slow..... Also you can make a game out of it too tell her to run to the next pole or tree or what ever they love doing that....

Stephanie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Ok so I am a sole mum on my own and I take my son who is 6 years old for walks he rides his bike or scooter so I am not sure why you think your daughter is to young?
I also know a lot of parents who take there kids for walks and they love it.

Tammy - posted on 06/04/2011

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Try a jogging stroller; no one is too old to ride in one of those. The only thing is that they are a bit pricey. There are also tricycles with push handles and wagons that your child can ride in.

Mary - posted on 06/04/2011

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I've had the same thoughts, Lesley--I don't want my son to get bored, because I'm sure that will interrupt the walk. One thing I have considered is taking him to the park and walking laps around the area that he is playing at. ...Haven't actually tried it yet... Thanks for posting!

Jennifer - posted on 06/03/2011

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my mother and I walk every morning after my son goes to school....mainly just monday-friday.....if I go on the weekends I bring my son.....he loves to walk.....he is 7 and if he wants to ride his bike he is able to........I don't feel that she is too young to ride a bike unless she still has training wheels on...my son took his off along time ago and loves riding his bike......if u can go in the mornings after she goes to school try that if not try having her take a bike or scooter and if she gets tired take a rest...........thats what I do if my son is tired...but also any kind of walking is good for u then no walking........good luck....I just love walking......I hope this helps....

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