26 Sep '12, 12am

How to introduce your kids to running, safely:

Here's a true story: When I was 13, I was inactive, overweight, and a poor student. My parents persuaded me to join my school cross-country team to get some exercise. The interactions and positive experiences I had while running changed my life. I had more energy, I was happier, and I started doing better in school (eventually, I even made it to the Olympics!). Here's how to safely get children of all ages excited about running—for life. AGES 6 AND UNDER HOW FAR? Not very. At this age, playing chase or racing Dad to the mailbox is a great way to introduce kids to running. RUN/WALK RATIO Run segments should be no longer than 10 to 20 seconds. Walk one to two minutes between each. AGES 7 TO 9 HOW FAR? Start with a quarter of a mile. Every week, add a minute or two until you both can complete a mile. If your kid is having a blast, keep adding time until you're up to 3.5 miles...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-238-267--14...

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