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Surfer Laird Hamilton wrote a piece in the July issue of Men’s Journal titled Radical Fitness. While you might think it’s an article about the latest trend in working out which only elite athletes are even remotely capable of, the picture of him in a plank position with his two young daughters riding on top of him lets you know instantly where the story is headed.
In a section titled The Family Way, Laird talks about how his most exhausting and fun workouts are with his kids. Jumping on the trampoline, shooting hoops, wrestling and pool time leave him and his girls happy, fit and ready for a good night’s sleep. When he’s looking for extra conditioning, he does push-ups with 70 lbs of girls giggling on his back.
So, next time you are thinking of plunking down money for a gym membership, maybe look at the interactive training systems right in your own home. If your kids aren’t up for fun, look for your four legged friend as a training partner. Check out our story, Puppy Workouts, for a suggestion!
I’ve always enjoyed the solitude and freedom that comes from a long road trip. No more so than when my son is my travel companion. Many a time we have had new learning experiences as well as deeper connections as we ventured down new roads. Doing a spontaneous trip always seems to add some extra excitement as well.
So, on Saturday morning, I asked Alex if he would like to drive to Albuquerque, NM to watch the CU Buffaloes play their second game in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. “Hell Yes!” was his response and I could feel the excitement and joy of the prospects grow inside of me.
Following a rocket trip down and some fun joking about romantic high school relationships, we were treated to a pregame celebration when we arrived at “The Pit” on the campus of NM University. Already decked out in CU wear, we added to our costumes at the alumni event including a black and gold shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day.
The venue was perfect for college basketball and we found ourselves surrounded by extremely loud CU students. While the outcome of the game was disappointing, we were treated to a back and forth game with lots of screaming and high fives. Most inspiring was the way the fans continued to clap, cheer and sing for ten minutes after the game in honor of how far the team had advanced.
Sunday morning was equally enjoyable as we took the long way home through Santa Fe and the long road up the San Luis Valley. Along the way, we stopped at one of Alex’s favorite restaurants since he was a little boy. Just North of Santa Fe, Gabriel’s offers guacamole made tableside and served up in a volcanic bowl.
On a fun and economic level, Alex mastered the fuel efficiency of a Prius, arriving home with a 52-mpg average. While he has yet to select a University, many a student told him they hoped to “see you at CU” next year!
our 4 month old puppy. You’ll also hear some great tips from her trainer about how to involve the whole family in yourworkouts. While Allie’s weight is now near
the threshold as a work out tool, any of you with smaller canine companions
could do this for many years to come.
This video speaks for itself.
Having just enjoyed another Avalanche game with Alex this past weekend, I’m very happy that I took the time to introduce him to college and professional sports at a very young age. In fact, I have a great memory of him being held up by the Nuggets mascot, Rocky, when he was just an infant! As the years passed, we had a great tradition of seeing the CU vs. Nebraska game every other Thanksgiving weekend.
In this clip, you’ll see Nathaniel introduce his preschool son to college football. It takes a lot of time, patience and firm limits around all the treats a child would like to have, but will pay huge dividends for years to come for you Adventuredads who are into sports. You might miss some plays now, but it’s well worth it.