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WOOHOO! My grandkids and I have discovered a new ball game that is easy on grandma and keeps the grandboys in giggles. It's a fun way to give them some exercise and keep my metabolism moving, especially good on days my arthritis pain might be trying to slow me down.
First, they hop on their swings and pump away. Then, I grab one of their plastic play balls for kids (I especially like the big ones, but the small plastic balls work OK too.) As they pump towards me, with their feet out in front, I toss the ball and try to get it so they can "kick" it back to me. Sometimes it works well; sometimes, it's their head that butts it; sometimes the other swinger is the one to connect; and sometimes we just plain miss. They enjoy that almost as much as when they connect with the ball.
My favorite is when I can catch that ball after they've kicked it and it's quite a bit of fun and challenging for me to try. That, and retrieving the ball, are where I get my fun and physical "senior citizen" exercise, while theirs comes from the actual swinging activities. One caveat – be careful when you are catching and retrieving. I managed to take one nasty tumble in the process. It definitely hurt a bit, and not just my pride, but I was back "in the game" within a couple of minutes.
Keeping all our grandchildren active on a regular basis is a great way to keep them healthy, fight childhood obesity, help those with special needs such as being on the high end of the autism spectrum, and just plain keep them busy in a productive manner. All great goals! And since any kind of exercise is a vital way how people over 50 can raise their metabolism, it's excellent and healthy fun for all us grandparents as well – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation! Of course, soon it will be snow time for us and then that whole exercise thing gets a bit more challenging. But for right now, we're keep enjoying the lovely back yard, complete with gorgeous leaves, fun swings, and bright red and blue balls. How about you?
P.S. Happy Rednesday AND Sweet Shot Tuesday to all of us in the Sandwich Generation.