Paralympian Lisa Adams shares 10 top sanity savers to keep kids off the couch these horror-days

They’re not called the horror-days for nothing. And while many of us are heading to the bach, crib or campground to wind down after a hectic year, for parents the suggestion of a stress-free break is simply scream-worthy.     

Avoid the screens, save your sanity and get them running (instead of running rings around you) by creating a challenge that gets their steps and confidence up.

Gold-medal winning Para shot-putter Lisa Adams (yes, from that Adams family) has teamed up with the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and recommends challenging your tamariki with a personal goal for the hols.

Here are her top tips for getting it done:

  • Have fun!

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a rite of passage for Kiwi kids. They’ve been running for more than 30 years, and the reason kids keep coming back? They’re loads of fun! Have fun while you train. Turn your training into a game or plan to train with friends or your family – it’s a lot more fun when everyone is involved and will help keep you motivated.

  • Get a good night’s sleep every night

Getting enough sleep is one important thing you need to do, especially if you are doing more physical activity than you are used to. Sleep gives your body time to recover, conserve energy, and repair and build up the muscles worked during exercise.

  • Set mini goals to get to your end goal

It’s a good idea to set a goal before you start a big or new challenge like the TRYathlon. Your goal may be to complete the entire TRYathlon without stopping. Whatever your goal is, write it down and work out the steps that are going to get you there.

  • Just give it a go

It doesn’t matter how you do, as long as you try!

  • Eat a nutritious breakfast

Make sure you’re fuelling your body with the good stuff every morning, especially before you train and on TRYathlon day. Wholegrains and milk are great fuel to help you be active – add some fruit for a delicious and nutritious brekkie.

  • Make sure you eat fruit and veggies every day

Healthy eating will help make sure that you have the energy you need to train. Fruit and veggies have lots of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to grow and be strong and healthy.

  • Practice with friends and family

Training together with your friends and family can make it much more fun. My sister Valerie (you might know her as Dame Valerie Adams) is my coach and she helps me to be the best I can be, while having loads of fun.

  • Drink lots of water throughout each day
    Your body needs fluids to work well, so prep a water bottle and sip on it all day and heaps more while you train.

  • Make sure your shoes are tied up well and they’re supportive
    Check your footwear before you start running and cycling to make sure they’re safe and comfortable.

  • Wear sunscreen if you’re training outdoors

Slip, slop, slap and wrap!

And a bonus tip for parents and caregivers:

Try and make training as much fun as possible and build your child’s fitness level to the point they can cover the distance of the swim, bike and run comfortably. Come up with some creative ways to get active. Running around with friends or biking together as a family still counts.

Beginning in 1992 with just 500 entrants, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is now the biggest triathlon series in the world for kids aged under 16 with more than 460,000 kids taking part across three decades.

Entries are open now for 2023 events across the country. More information can be found at https://tryathlon.co.nz/ and https://trychallenge.co.nz/

Gold-medal winning Para shot-putter Lisa Adams (yes, from that Adams family) has teamed up with the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and recommends challenging your tamariki with a personal goal for the hols.

2023 dates:

Central East Auckland    Sun 12 Feb 2023             9:00am             Point England Reserve, Point England

Hastings                        Wed 15 Feb 2023           10:00am            Mitre 10 Sports Park, Hawke’s Bay

Christchurch (AM)          Sun 26 Feb 2023             9:00am             Jellie Park, Burnside

Christchurch (PM)          Sun 26 Feb 2023             1.45pm             Jellie Park, Burnside

Dunedin                        Sun 5 Mar 2023              9:00am             Taieri College, Mosgiel

Nelson                          Sun 12 Mar 2023             9:00am             Tahunanui Beach Reserve, Nelson

Wellington                     Sun 19 Mar 2023             9:00am             Kilbirnie Park, Kilbirnie

Palmerston North           Tue 21 Mar 2023             10:00am            Ongley Park, West End

New Plymouth               Thu 30 Mar 2023             10:00am            Ngamotu Beach Reserve, New Plymouth

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