It’s getting colder, a lot colder in some areas, and motivation to get outside may be lacking, but this is the perfect time of year to incorporate some different types of distance running into your child’s exercise routine. Not only will these 3 types of runs help them for the Healthy Kids races, but speed and stamina will carry over into whatever other sport they are playing this spring.
- Distance run- a basic distance run is a great way to get your kid excited about endurance running. Make it fun! Join them and add a few minutes or blocks every week. In a short time they will be making it farther than they ever thought possible! The key to long running is slow and steady. Try to keep a consistent speed but run for as long as possible
- Interval running- rotate between periods of fast running or sprinting and slower jogs. Make sure that they recovery time (jog) is at least as long if not longer than the sprinting period. A good starter workout is to start with a warm up period, sprint for 30 seconds, jog for 90 seconds and repeat for 10 minutes. follow up with a cool down and stretch session.
- Hill runs. Run to a hill, Run up and down the hill. Pretty simple, but will give you added strength and stamina very quickly!