Move Like a Kid for Weight Management

By Lisa Christie
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Skipping, running, jumping, twirling, dancing… sounds like the typical 6-year-old, doesn’t it? How many of us had weight management problems when we were 6? I’m not trying overgeneralize, but I’m going to do just that: Most of us didn’t have a hard time managing our weight when we were kids. True, true – there are a lot of factors that play into that – but movement is something we just did when we were younger.

Yesterday, I had a friend come to visit me. She loves to try new things. The ultimate adventurer. She convinced me to try paintball a few months ago, which didn’t go so well. But, suffice to say, sitting around drinking a glass of wine and seeing a movie is not her cup of tea. So, I knew if we were going to spend some time together, we needed to do something F-U-N.

I asked her to come snow tubing for the day. It’s not something that I would do on my own. But I was semi-curious and knew she would be up for it. When it was time to go snow tubing, I immediately started thinking of reasons why we shouldn’t go: It’s too cold, we have to pay, it’s easier to just stay inside. But she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Well, let me tell you, it was a blast. And when the hour we paid for was up, we went straight to the mountain coaster at Okemo and screamed with glee all the way down. I almost talked myself out of it and ended up having a great day. I was moving, I was outside, but it didn’t feel like exercise or forced movement. I was moving like a kid again.

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  • Krissie says:

    Snowtubing sounds like a blast! The world would be a much thinner place if everyone made a habit out of moving like a kid again.

    No one could hold you down! Biking, running, jumprope, hopscotch, skateboarding.. the list of super fun activities goes on and on!

    Thanks for your post and best wishes to you for the New year!

  • Lisa says:

    Thanks, Krissie! Best of luck to you in the New Year, too! Snowtubing was fun – if you live where there is snow, definitely try it!!!

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