I cannot tell you how many times I hear or say “Things were different when I was growing up”. For me, I grew up in a small town on a farm; the fields, mountains and rocks were my playground. My parents felt safe letting us kids outside to play and we were free to roam and discover new things.
As a strength and conditioning specialist and an athlete, I consider myself fortunate how I grew up because I believe a lot of my athleticism stemmed from how much variety and movement I had as a child.
I worked for a number of years with USA Hockey at Development Camps and I often encouraged the athletes to get outside and play! Get out of the arena, out of the weight room and go try new things. Some of the toughest and most fun workouts I have had were in a playground where you can run, jump, climb, swing and hang.
Today, I encourage everyone to get outside and explore the outdoors. We are truly fortunate to live in a place that has so much green space, parks/playgrounds and trails. It is why I am so excited about the upcoming youth event “North Van STRONG.”
North Van STRONG is an event that targets not only youth who are active, but also those who may not be involved in organized sports or are curious to try something new. It promotes and engages youth in physical activity as well builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
North Van STRONG is hosted by North Vancouver Recreation & Culture and is on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at Loutet Park. It is for youth aged 8-16 years old and features 20 fun and challenging obstacles over a 2 kilometer course. The course will take approximately 30-45minutes to complete and is designed to encourage fun and team play. The obstacles will vary from crawling to climbing, walking to running, carrying to throwing and strategic problem solving. Any participant who is unsure about an obstacle is encouraged to try something else or move on to the next challenge.
We recognize that physical activity is so much more than simply moving your body - it's about creating a culture of spirit and enthusiasm. Our goal is that youth will come out and explore the outdoors, get dirty, laugh and have fun!