Earlier this month, my daughter had another birthday. Ever since my children were in preschool, the ritual of throwing and attending children’s birthday parties at various recreational activity centers has begun. This year, my daughter chose to have her party at a local inflatable jumping gym for the 2nd time. This venue is fully equipped with slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses. This is the perfect party site for a group of newly promoted first graders as they got to run, jump, climb, laugh, and play.
This place has 9 pieces of inflatable equipment placed throughout the gym with very comfortable couches and benches along the side for the adults to hang out. Every person in the gym is required to wear no shoes while having to keep socks on . I remember a few years back, when my daughter was a preschooler, she needed my help to pass through some of the larger inflatable obstacle courses. At the time, I remembered how much hard work it was on my body to climb through these courses, especially while having to hoist a mini human through the course with me.
This year, I made a conscious decision to take advantage of all the fun inflatable equipment and get in some exercise time. As soon as the children arrived and the adults settled in, I took a few spins through a couple of the obstacle courses. On their biggest attraction with the tallest slide, I had to climb through a circle; hoist my body over a small foam wall (and gracefully land on the other side); fit my body through the tiniest space ever; go through a small maze, climb up this steep ladder noting difficulty with gripping my sock-covered feet on the rungs; and then (WEEE!) – down the slide I went! That was so much fun! There was also a smaller inflatable course that I ran through with my daughter for a few times.
I notice that children can move faster than adults through these things. I had no problem taking a short break to allow a barrage of children to barrel past me. I actually had a ball with them and enjoyed watching them have fun. This was a great full body workout because my arms and legs had to pull my body weight over walls and up ladders. If I wanted to boost my cardiovascular workout, I moved faster through the courses. I was very happy I got in a workout so I was able to enjoy a piece of birthday cake!
The next time you have to bring your child to a birthday party, you should think about wearing comfortable clothing so you can get in a workout. If the party is at a roller or ice skating rink, a bowling alley with laser tag, or a trampoline park, why not take the opportunity to change-up your exercise routine? Not only will you burn calories, build muscles, and bond with your child, you may also find your find yourself having FUN!
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