What do you miss most about childhood, and what does your child want you to get involved in the most?
Play is the means by which kids achieve so much more activity than adults, and given the opportunity, will do whenever they get chance (without the need for an ‘ultimate play routine for maximum ab shred’).
My good friend and inspiring partner in all sorts, Carol, came with us on a winter outing in the DubVan.
Not only did we walk in some beautiful National Trust estate and see some herds of reindeer, but we scratched an itch that hasn’t been scratched in a good long while – tree climbing! It’s annoying how the older we get the more scared we are of climbing and balancing at a height.
Like anything that involves a certain level of confidence and self-efficacy, inhibitions can be conquered through practice, building up gradually and reflecting on your small achievements – one branch at a time.
Depending how serious you are, tree climbing can be a great whole body strength exercise, especially for the core and arms. Before you start, make sure you are warmed up by taking a 10 minute walk/jog and stretch out and mobilise your shoulders and back.
Then, turn it into a competition by challenging your little tree monkey to climb as many trees as possible – safety first of course (use your own judgement about what is sensible).
Leave a comment if you know any decent trees that want climbing!