We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the second one of 2018! We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Gold Sponsors for the great prizes they provided for April’s Hike it Baby 30 (HiB 30) Challenge. The winning participants were entered into the prize drawings simply by signing up to achieve 30 miles in 30 days OR spend 30 minutes outside 3 times per week with their families.
Hike it Baby hosts the HiB30 Challenge four times per year. Families from all over the globe come together to challenge themselves and encourage each other, forming a supportive and inspiring community. Over the course of April’s challenge, 920 families achieved a grand total of 13,850 miles and 785,00 minutes outside. That’s amazing!
THANK YOU TO THESE GOLD SPONSORS FOR HELPING MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS APRIL?
Amanda: Meeting other families! As a new mom, I made some great new friends and it was great to get outside!
Audrey: We had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., and Virginia for spring break (from Utah). This was our son’s first time traveling. We walked around the National Mall for about six hours visiting all the monuments and checking out the cherry blossoms, and our son did AWESOME!
Babyganics winner: Overall, just getting outside with my baby and enjoying the outdoors with her. There were a couple times she fell asleep while in her pack, so I even snuggled her close while hiking.
DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Amanda: Having Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes means being aware of my blood sugars constantly, especially while doing the hikes. I overcame that challenge by making sure I had juice/snacks and being flexible. It’s helpful that the Hike it Baby group stops and helps for anything – low blood sugars, diaper changes, feeding time, etc.
Audrey: I hike frequently (every weekend) but I teach 6th grade Monday through Friday. Getting outside each day after a whole day of teaching can just feel very draining. I didn’t make it outside after work every day, but I definitely increased my weekday outdoor time.
Babyganics winner: I spent the first week of the month sick, and the second week trying to get my motivation and energy back, so I only hiked a couple of miles. I reminded myself how important it is to me to teach my daughter to love the outdoors, and I was able to get 21 miles in the last half of the month. I am proud of that.
WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER FAMILIES UNSURE ABOUT GETTING OUTSIDE FOR 30 MINUTES 3 TIMES PER WEEK OR ACHIEVING 30 MILES IN 30 DAYS?
Amanda: The hardest part is getting started – try for a little stroll around your neighborhood! Or, meet up with a friend – I found it easier to get out and go when someone was waiting for me!
Audrey: Don’t be afraid to get outside with your child, even if they are young! Babies are adaptable and soon will learn to love being outside. If you hike frequently, your baby will begin to associate hiking as a normal, everyday activity.
Babyganics winner: Think of what you want for your future and your children’s future. My family didn’t do a whole lot of the outdoors and spent most of the time inside in front of the TV. That isn’t healthy physically or mentally. My best memories as a kid are the few times my family did go outdoors. Remember that when you go outdoors, you are bettering your family’s physical and mental health, and you are also creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this April! Join us next time and be entered to win some great prizes. The next HiB30 Challenge begins on September 1, so mark your calendars!