To know me is to be aware—especially in the summer—we try really, really, really hard never to WORKout.
Life is too short (and the summer, to my chagrin, too too fleeting) to allow exercise to be yet another arena where we have to toil. Where we’re forced to (fingerquote) work (unFQ).
As a result, Ive chosen to morph the bulk of my fitness into fun.
I’ve decided I’d much rather laugh & play with the Tornado than force my workouts to fit a traditional mold. (shocking I realize. Im so traditional in all other realms, right?)
Ive talked about our playouts on television.
rambled and ranted waxed eloquently about them in my role as Fila Spokesmom.
And, as with all things my blog, this isn’t just a post it’s how I live.
And, as with all things my LIFE, I wanna drag you into the playout fray & share the three reasons we adore them:
- PLAYouts transform fitness into something which brings us TOGETHER.
To my dismayIm super excited the Tornado is finding her own way in the world. And, as she does, we have more & more individual pursuits. As a result we both value our playout time because it’s family time with the added bonus of fitness.
- It’s plain ole FUN. The Tornado is technically at the age where we could do traditional sports together (I know. I stumbled a bit even *typing* the word traditional), but I’ve decided to follow her lead. She still wants our time together to be movement of the silly playful, variety and not the ‘formal” organized sort (hello apple! youve not fallen far from tree).
- It allows her to be the expert. This facet has become more important the older she’s become. Six rocks & yet six entails lots of being bossed around (hello kinder!) and many new boundaries, rules and regulations. When we playout she’s typically the one in charge. She makes up the games, creates the rules, & shows me how it’s all done. Being the expert—no matter our age—is empowering.
All of this is on my mind today (or more aptly put *tonight* as I birthday-night-blog freeform) because the Tornado seized our day together to teach me a dance she’d learned at camp.
It was 100 degrees outside & I was more than happy to remain indoors and watch her.
I was wrong.
There was to be no watching involved.
She demanded I get the video camera.
She instructed me to film her & then she’d film me.
I am the one whose 43 year old core is already *sore* from “sprinkling.”
Please to enjoy:
Your 30 second instructional video:
Your insight into my awkward dance moves & weak core:
Yep. That’s it.
That’s all there is to it.
We’d love it.
GO FORTH, PLAYout, and SPRINKLER!
Hillary saysJuly 19, 2012 at 4:49 am
I love you two!
Sandra saysJuly 19, 2012 at 4:56 am
Hope your birthday was amazing.
You do need help with the dance moves LOL
carlyn saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:30 am
I love this, you’ve started my day off in such a happy way… Tornado is so adorable
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:31 am
Turning fitness into fun is something that I always like to do. I hope you had a great birthday 🙂
Healthy Mama saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:32 am
You had me when you said you were ready to watch her dance.
I try and be so playful but lately I have been watching a lot.
Thanks for the reminder.
Healthy Mama saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:33 am
Also what are you juggling with?
It doesn’t look like bean bags?
Miz saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:10 am
AmyC saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:39 am
I love PLAYouts!
Super cute Tornado you have there, and great sprinkler form 😉
Katie @wishandwhimsy saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:40 am
You are so much fun. I love the idea of playouts. While I’m not a mother (maybe one day) I’d love to be like you! You have an amazing relationship with your daughter and make your healthy life together fun.
Kallie saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:45 am
You make me believe I can be a mother and stay fit.
lindsay saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:49 am
tell tornado she needs to teach me, she’s got skill!
workout mommy saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:51 am
I was just doing the sprinkler with my boys in the driveway yesterday!! Not sure what the neighbors think (I’m crazy!) but we sure had a great time! 🙂
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:57 am
Yes! The sprinkler is a killer workout. Actually my legs are wicked sore from leaping across the yard like a frog for most of the day on Tuesday with my kids. PlayOUTs rock!!
Coco saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:59 am
I love the idea of letting her be the “expert.”
Runer Girl saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:09 am
I hope I will run with my children if I have any 🙂
Brittany saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:24 am
Holy cow, this just made my day. You’re daughter is adorable, and she has an incredible mom. That girl will have no issues growing up. 🙂 Now off to go practice my sprinkler skills…
danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:30 am
Love this!!! You are such a fabulous mom and I love the idea behind your “playouts” so awesome!
Roxie saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:32 am
There are days that you both inspire me and fill me with regret. And this is one of those – I love-to-my-very-core the gift you are giving The Tornado. Not the fitness, which is great in and of itself, but the whole self-acceptance thing. There will be rough spots for her, for sure, but with this base, this foundation – she’s ready for all challenges.
The regret part comes in that I wasn’t wise enough at the time to do the same for my daughter – who is pretty darned terrific on her own merits.
Miz saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:41 am
your comment makes me think a few things:
first thank you for your kind words.
I PRAY (literally) that she will find self love and acceptance as she grows—some days…many days…this all feels like a crapshoot 🙂
and no regrets. it’s as you say: SHES PRETTY DARN TERRIFIC.
that is a reflection of your terrificnessment.
Laury@TheFitnessDish saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:36 am
PLAYOUTS!!! I love it!! you guys are amazing 🙂
Heather @ Side of Sneakers saysJuly 19, 2012 at 6:59 am
Perfect!!! Love your attitude and perspective- so glad it’s rubbing off on the little one. 😉
Barbara saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:08 am
This inspires me to get the girls moving this morning. We need to get our PLAY on earlier today!
Nelda saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:12 am
I like how this is about more than fitness. You are empowering.
More girls need that, Miz.
Karen@WaistingTime saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:26 am
Drazil saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:27 am
Happy Birthday a day late babe. I am honored to have been a part of your life and call you friend. And seriously? Can Tornado be any cuter? I mean really? How in the world do you ever say no to her? LOL
Sam saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:27 am
Videos. So cute! Enough said.
Nicole saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:36 am
She is just too darn cute. I love your approach to staying healthy & fit…but you know this already because i tell you all the time!
Jody - Fit at 54 saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:39 am
OK- first – a star is being born! I have no doubt we will see much more of Tornado in the far future! 🙂 She will be teaching many all the things she learned from you by way of your just teaching by example! LOVE!
Now – those videos – LOVE!!!! When she says here is MOMMY & I love mommy – that is better than anything – but the whole thing rocks! 🙂
As for Roxie – yes, I have regrets as well BUT I have to accept & move on & that is what I try to do each day even though those regrets are still there…
Erica saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:42 am
First off- hope you had a fantastic birthday 🙂
Second- the way she introduces you? Oh my gosh- save that forever. Adorable.
Jana saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:49 am
The screen shot of you says it all.
misszippy1 saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:53 am
Now that’s some moving! I really love this whole concept and I think it’s one that SO many people/families can use for better health and togetherness. Cheers to the play out!
Amanda saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:57 am
Thanks for the smile this morning! Now I am off to figure out how to get my PLAYout on without a chid to inspire them. Seems trickier somehow.
Tara Burner saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:12 am
love PLAY 🙂
Cat at Breakfast to Bed saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:16 am
She’s better at it than me. I find this disconcerting.
Shelley B saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:28 am
I always wanted to know how to do that move! Gonna practice it – maybe I can impress my 10-year-old niece? 😉
Ericka @ The Sweet Life saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:32 am
Carla, you are awesome. that’s all! 🙂
KCLAnderson (Karen) saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:35 am
OMG…I just HAD to get up and try The Sprinkler as soon as I finished watching Tornado!! It was so much fun and it worked out some kinks that I had in my back! Thanks Tornado!
mimi saysJuly 19, 2012 at 9:04 am
How i wish my kids were young enough to do this with me!
Dominique@craftfullycooks saysJuly 19, 2012 at 9:30 am
You both have so much fun together! So cute! 🙂
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero saysJuly 19, 2012 at 10:04 am
How adorable! You two are too fun. I teach my 3-5th graders the sprinkler, shopping cart, etc. at the school dances. They think I am crazy, but secretly love it.
Kendra saysJuly 19, 2012 at 10:49 am
I know you’re kidding a little but this is a good workout!
Tamara saysJuly 19, 2012 at 11:09 am
We adore ‘the sprinkler’, but even more, we love us some crazy water gun fights!
Hanlie saysJuly 19, 2012 at 11:54 am
I’m in! Doing the sprinkler! What fun!
Jaki (Slim Down U) saysJuly 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Love it! She is going to have so many wonderful memories of her childhood and all of the special time you spend together. so sweet!
Kerri O saysJuly 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm
Pattie saysJuly 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm
I did it along with you. I’m sweating!! 🙂
Pavement Runner saysJuly 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm
This totally counts as a DANCE move… and it’s a workout! I love the sprinkler and knew how to do it before i watched the very cool instructional video. Although my form is no where as good as the both of yours. Nice.
Yum Yucky saysJuly 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm
loved the Tornado’s instruction! Very good sprinkler form.
But yours came out a little freaky-deaky. You many wanna demonstration that to your hubs. ha!
Monkey Mat Mama saysJuly 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm
We are SO adding this to our regular family dance parties!! Hope the birthday was a wonderful one!
Christine saysJuly 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Nice job! I love incorporating ‘workouts’ into fun and fit activities – because if I say ‘workout’ to my 12 year its an automatic ‘no’.
Stacie @ Snaps and Bits saysJuly 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Wow, how totally cute! You are a great Mom! I’d like to see my boys join in on that….
Kiya Krier saysJuly 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm
That. Is. AWESOME! I love your idea of “playouts.” When my husband and I went on vacation with family, we did a lot of playouts. Hiking and horseback riding and more hiking and group running… So much more fun than the gym!
Jen saysJuly 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm
I LOVE it!!!! The sprinkler looks like fun! Izzy wants to do it. 🙂
Patrick saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Thanks for the reminder I need to get out there and sprinkle my lawn, this draught is killing it!
Healthy Mama saysJuly 20, 2012 at 7:11 am
Carrie @ Season It Already! saysJuly 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm
amberdryad saysJuly 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm
That is the greatest move ever!! Who knew using your obliques could be such a blast! Soo adding that to my yoga flows and classes. It’ll be great with our Limping Camel! Thanks, Tornado! 🙂
charlotte saysJuly 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm
I am sprinkling rightthisverysecond in solidarity with you and the Tornado! I love me a good disco move;)
Yo Momma Runs saysJuly 20, 2012 at 12:21 am
We have to do this tomorrow! Have to, not want to!
Seja_LiveLaughLove saysJuly 20, 2012 at 12:54 am
aw I loved this post! As someone said earlier you really are setting such a great positive foundation for your daughter. I wish that more children had a chance at receiving that same foundation. Having a positive self image is so important. I also think it’s interesting because people debate about the benefit of resistance training and age range and the need for structured exercise for children. At such a young age she doesn’t need anything structured because she is doing it naturally. Instead of spending her life in front of a TV she is out there enjoying life to the fullest :-)Love the Love!
Maddie saysJuly 20, 2012 at 5:41 am
Healthy Mama saysJuly 20, 2012 at 7:10 am
What happened with the Fila Spokesmom videos with you and the Tornado?
Did I miss those?
Karim saysJuly 20, 2012 at 10:15 am
I love the whole playout concept,and so does my five year old grandson.
Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood.com saysJuly 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm
As usual, I love this completely. I hope your birthday was the very best ever.
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf saysJuly 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm
OMG you two are the cutest things in the world. I love the Sprinkler move! I also love the that playouts allow the Tornado to be the expert –> so important!
Michele @ Nycrunningmama saysJuly 23, 2012 at 11:16 am
Hehehe. SOOOO adorable!! I love how instructional the Tornado is =) And esp love your concept of Play-outs…
Hope you had a wonderful birthday! =)
Laura saysJuly 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm
AWESOME! I LOVE keeping it FuN & this was super entertaining! Thanks to both of you for sharing your fabulosity! :o)
Laura saysJuly 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Ooops! My smiley should look like so ~ 🙂 ~ hehe!
Julie Ann saysJuly 26, 2012 at 8:07 am
That was just too cute! It’s great to be a kid at any age. You rock!