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Swim+Bike+Run=Fun

June 10, 2013 in biking, Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Parenthood, Race, Running

We participated in the SunRype TriKids Triathlon this past weekend with Malaya swimming, biking, and running to a successful finish. The experience was fantastic and very memorable. Words can not describe how proud we are of our 4 year old daughter for the effort she put forth. We could also tell that Malaya felt a sense of accomplishment for her hard work and it was so heartwarming to witness. She didn’t say it but you could see it and feel it in the energy she was emitting after the race. The most gratifying part of the event for Dawn and I was not watching Malaya swim, bike, or run, it was seeing the smile on her face at the end. For her to feel good about herself for accomplishing something she worked so hard for was the ultimate prize. It didn’t matter if she was the fastest, or if she came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or last in this race; there was none of that kind of win-at-all-cost competitiveness at this event, at least not from our perspective. Our experience with this race was such that the focus was on each kid doing their best and having fun. Mission accomplished.

At the end of the day, when you ask Malaya how it was, she says it was fun. Which part was the most fun? “All of it!” Here’s a short video of Malaya’s experience in her first ever triathlon.

We have to give credit to the organizers of this event for creating a safe race environment for all the athletes and spectators. The event was so well organized, from registration, to pre-race orientation, race package pick-up, and race day execution. These guys did a terrific job and it has been one of the best organized events we’ve taken part in.

For more info on the SunRype TriKids Triathlon Series, visit their website and check out any upcoming races in your area.

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Just Dance

February 27, 2013 in Dancing, Exercise

When we’re at home and looking for something to do that will get us and the kids moving…we just dance!

You may remember that Malaya loves to get moving to Beyonce’s ‘Move Your Body’, 

and we all know how Mahal gets down to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’.

I’m afraid to say that these days the girls are into their boy bands and biebers.

This past Christmas, we received Just Dance 4 (Nintendo Wii edition) as a gift and although the game was intended for Dawn and I, the children have clearly taken a liking to it and if there was one video game I would let them play, it is this one. 

The authorities recommend 180 minutes of physical activity per day for children in their younger years and probably don’t recommend that it be done through video games like Just Dance. Active video games like this are no substitute for playing outside but when it’s cold, wet and dark out, you gotta find something to do at home. We find it is a great supplement to all the other activity we do and a lot of fun too.

Even as adults, we find that the game is a great way to get your heart rate up (assuming that you actually dance the dance). Dawn and I find often find ourselves sweating and out of breath when dancing to some of the songs (eg. Tribal Dance, We No Speak Americano, Superstition). Check out this test done by the University of Toronto’s kinesiology centre to determine whether there are health and exercise benefits to playing this game. Keep in mind, the guy in the video has nothing on the kineticfamily girls when it comes to dancing!

Despite all the Bieber, One Direction, Beyonce & Carly Raes the kids listen to, they are still down with the hip hop. When I saw Blackalicious in concert at Richards on Richards nightclub in Vancouver when I was in college, never did I imagine I’d be watching them again in concert 10 years later with my little daughters! Here’s a clip of the Gift of Gab spittin’ some Alphabet Aerobics at the YoGabbaGabba Live! show.

Thanks Yo Gabba Gabba!

Now, go dance!

 

 

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Harlem Shake: KineticFamily Home Edition

February 15, 2013 in Dancing

We couldn’t help it. You know what it is. Enjoy 🙂

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Biking and Hockey Predictions

April 11, 2012 in biking, Outdoor Activity

The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs commence this week and I thought I would post something hockey related. This hockey analysis is not of the same calibre as TSN, Sporstnet, CBC Sports, or our friends at the Canucks Hockey Blog. Instead, it’s a video of our 3 year old giving her opinion of this year’s Stanley Cup finals and dropping the names of a couple of her favourite players. She took a break from riding her (run) bike, which is quickly becoming one of her favourite outdoor activities, to share her thoughts with us. I couldn’t make out what her last answer was but it was Canucks related so hi-five to that!

Happy 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs! Go Canucks Go!

 

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Birthday Parties

February 4, 2012 in Exercise

Kids, food, gifts, toys, games, cake & exercise! Who doesn’t love birthday parties? Birthdays can be a lot of fun, and yes, exercise too. Our 3 year old daughter, Malaya, has been fortunate enough to have been invited to several birthday parties over the past year and most recently attended one that was hosted at a community centre gymnasium. Games were led by an activity leader staffed by the centre and the kids had a lot of fun.

I thought it was also a great way to promote physical activity for the kids. The structured environment gave the kids an opportunity to practice listening to and following instructions given by the activity leader while playing cooperatively with the other kids. The gym provided plenty of room to run around and expend the kind of energy that only little kids seem to have.

Malaya and all the other kids certainly got their share of exercise that day.

A Happy Birthday shout out to Kaiya who turned 5 years old this year and to her parents for putting on a great party for the kids (and adults too).

Malaya and Kaiya smiling

Malaya and Kaiya celebrating Kaiya's 5th Birthday!

Here are some photos from some other fun and exercise infused birthday parties we’ve attended this past year.

Gymnastics Birthday Party

Kaitlyn's 3rd Birthday at the Gymnastics Gym

 

Colourful parachute at a birthday party

The colourful parachute is fun for any occasion.

 

Birthday Party Bouncy Castle

Brea's 3rd Birthday at the Community Centre Multi-Purpose Room

Birthday Party at Dance Studio for Bollywood Lesson

Dawn's 30th Birthday at iDance Studios

Have you been to or hosted a party that required you and your guests to be active? Post your experiences or ideas in the comments. Malaya’s birthday is only 6 months away!