Guest Post: from our friends at the Enfield PharmaChoice

Run a mile in their shoes

Have you ever wondered what would make a local pharmacy sponsor a race like the Penguin Run? We don’t sell shoes or workout gear. We don’t offer running workshops nor are we experts on running, as much as I would like to say I ran a marathon someday!

One of the main reasons the Enfield PharmaChoice supports activities like the Penguin Run has more to do with our motto of providing ‘Advice for Life’. We provide people of all ages, and all shapes and sizes with the advice and support they need to make good decisions for themselves and their families. We are supporting the Penguin Run again this year because its objective is to get families moving, whether their workout clothes are spandex or sweatpants.

When it comes to the kids or youth run, parents do have an important role to play, one that you may be avoiding given your busy lives or the feeling you are nagging  your children once again. However, going out for a run does not have to be an activity your children dread but one where they will want to participate.

Consider these 10 steps when getting your little runners out the door!

  1. The first step is going out with your little runners. Walk the talk when it comes to exercise!
  2. Try to warm up with a fun activity for 5 minutes. Do something as simple as jumping jacks. Have your teen pick out your warm up so that they feel involved.
  3. Be certain your child is comfortable when running. They should try to keep their back and neck straight and their arms to the side. Something fun is to encourage them to smile. It may be hard to believe but smiling can relax their muscles and remind them the activity is supposed to be fun.
  4. You do not have to spend a fortune, but before running be sure they are wearing good running shoes and comfortable clothes and that their shoelaces are tied.
  5. Remind them of that famous fable of the tortoise and the hare, where slow and easy wins the race! Most new runners will want to go out and run fast, which can wear them out.
  6. Mix it up. Alternate walking and running to ensure they don’t burn out too quickly. Most systems include alternating running and walking for 30 seconds each until they can extend their run a little more.
  7. Make your motto to go further than the day before. Most kids love a challenge. As they learn to run a little further, encourage them to go a little further each time.
  8. Little muscles need to cool down just like famous athletes. Five minutes of stretching can protect them from injury.
  9. Recognize their efforts no matter how little or much they have accomplished, especially in the beginning. Be your child’s cheerleader until they start to see results. Hive-fives are a plus!
  10. Remember to have fun. The objective is to have a happy, healthy, active child.

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