We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the first one of 2019! We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Gold Sponsors for the great prizes they provided for April’s Hike it Baby 30 (HiB30) 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 twice every 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, 724 families achieved a grand total of 10,897 miles and 754,000 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?
Kim: Being oh-so-sick and sitting in my yard watching my kiddo stomp around so joyfully wearing his Hike It Baby hat! We have three acres in Northern Arizona with a rolling hill and big juniper trees. He was exploring his own little corner of nature and looking at me to make sure I was having a good time too. I loved sitting on a bolder in the sun, watching him enjoy nature.
Natalie: My favorite memory was exploring two new waterfalls with my family at the beginning of the month.
Mary: Lots of puddle jumping with my daughter. We had a rainy April but still got outside.
DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Kim: I really only got to “do” the first week of the month because then I got sick. But my biggest “challenge” in any participation month is that I work FULL-TIME. So slipping out of the house in the middle of the day for a “real hike” just isn’t in the cards. But recognizing that outside and “hiking” really CAN happen every day when we’re walking to Grandma’s house a mile away is good for BOTH our souls. Trails are awesome but hiking, and being outside and together, can happen any place we put the intention! There was one January challenge where Small Thing and I “hiked” through a parking lot while waiting for an oil change. He was all bundled up in the stroller and we logged 3+ miles looking at all the pretty trucks. He LOVED it!
Natalie: This was the first challenge that I’ve participated in when I’ve been back to work. It was challenging not being the one to ensure that my kids got outside every day. Luckily, my husband helped us meet the goal of No Zero Days (except for April 5).
Mary: I’m a working mom, so isn’t everything a challenge? Sometime I feel like I’m forcing my daughter and I to go outside after work/daycare even though I know it’s the best thing for us both.
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?
Kim: Don’t make it a chore! The whole point is to have FUN in the fresh air. So if that means you do “micro hikes” where, really, the tot is examining all there is to see in a 4-yard square, go for it! If you throw the kid in the carrier or stroller and ZOOOOOOOM around the block so you, the parent, get the miles, GO FOR IT. You’re instilling a love of the outdoors. And that love, the happy family memories, are far more important than the minutes or the miles.
Natalie: I would remind people to have fun and not to take the Challenge too seriously. The goal is just to spend more time outside with your children. It’s not a competition. Enjoy the photos on the Facebook page, but don’t compare yourself to others.
Mary: Kids sleep a lot better when they get some time outside!!! 🙂
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.
Photo credit: Natalie Kendrach