Gold-medal-winning Paralympian shot-putter Lisa Adams connected with the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon to share ten top sanity savers for kids these holidays. To keep kids off the couch and enjoying the outdoors, Adams offered ideas for everyone’s tamariki to be active this summer.
Since beginning in 1992, Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is the biggest triathlon series in the world for kids aged under. Challenging kids to make being active as fun as possible, Sanitarium encourages people to find creative ways to get outdoors with family and friends.
Top tips for getting active:
The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a rite of passage for Kiwi kids. They’ve been running for more than 30 years, and the reason kids keep coming back? They’re loads of fun! Have fun while you train. Turn your training into a game or plan to train with friends or your family – it’s a lot more fun when everyone is involved and will help keep you motivated
Get a good night’s sleep every night
Getting enough sleep is one important thing you need to do, especially if you are doing more physical activity than you are used to. Sleep gives your body time to recover, conserve energy, and repair and build up the muscles worked during exercise
Set mini-goals to get to your end goal
It’s a good idea to set a goal before you start a big or new challenge like the TRYathlon. Your goal may be to complete the entire TRYathlon without stopping. Whatever your goal is, write it down and work out the steps that are going to get you there.
Just give it a go
It doesn’t matter how you do, as long as you try!
Eat a nutritious breakfast
Make sure you’re fuelling your body with the good stuff every morning, especially before you train and on TRYathlon day. Wholegrains and milk are great fuel to help you be active – add some fruit for a delicious and nutritious brekkie.
Make sure you eat fruit and veggies every day
Healthy eating will help make sure that you have the energy you need to train. Fruit and veggies have lots of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to grow and be strong and healthy.
Practice with friends and family
Training together with your friends and family can make it much more fun. My sister Valerie (you might know her as Dame Valerie Adams) is my coach, and she helps me to be the best I can be while having loads of fun.
Drink lots of water throughout each day
Your body needs fluids to work well, so prep a water bottle and sip on it all day and heaps more while you train.
Make sure your shoes are tied up well and they’re supportive
Check your footwear before you start running and cycling to make sure they’re safe and comfortable
Wear sunscreen if you’re training outdoors
Slip, slop, slap and wrap!
2023 TRYathlon dates:
- Central East Auckland Sun 12 Feb 2023 9:00am Point England Reserve, Point England
- Hastings Wed 15 Feb 2023 10:00am Mitre 10 Sports Park, Hawke’s Bay
- Christchurch (AM) Sun 26 Feb 2023 9:00am Jellie Park, Burnside
- Christchurch (PM) Sun 26 Feb 2023 1.45pm Jellie Park, Burnside
- Dunedin Sun 5 Mar 2023 9:00am Taieri College, Mosgiel
- Nelson Sun 12 Mar 2023 9:00am Tahunanui Beach Reserve, Nelson
- Wellington Sun 19 Mar 2023 9:00am Kilbirnie Park, Kilbirnie
- Palmerston North Tue 21 Mar 2023 10:00am Ongley Park, West End
- New Plymouth Thu 30 Mar 2023 10:00am Ngamotu Beach Reserve, New Plymouth