When I was a girl, our home was filled with Olympic spirit! My parents emigrated from England before I was born and we were a family with loyal traditions. Every 4 years we would hang the Canadian and Union Jack flags and sit in front of the telly to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies no matter what time of day it was. Screams for athletes from England and Canada rang from our home into the streets.
Each of the games holds different fond family memories for me which can be ignited simply by mentioning the athletes’ names. The athletes inspired me; I read everything I could to learn more about them, to find out the key to where their Olympic dream began and how they arrived at their goal.
By grade 5 I was officially an athlete; I was a member of the Junior National Track & Field team for shot put and discus. This was something I was actually amazed at, I had always been quite good at sports but not “amazing” at anything until the day when in grade 5 we learned to throw the shot put and discus in gym class at school. I had a natural ability which was noticed by my Track & Field loving teacher.
I trained 5 days a week and had events on weekends. This meant I often gave up social time with friends and felt a bit separated from my peers but the spirit was firmly driving me. The pull to compete and WIN settled deeply within me, creating a sense of pride, especially when I donned the Junior Canadian team jersey and marched in my first Junior Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
For 5 years my family was immersed in my Track & Field activities; road-trips to meets, sourcing shoes and any other gear I needed. It was a culture in which our family lived just like many other families with mini-athletes.
This athletic spirit is still alive in our home today.
Inspiring Canadian Olympic Athletes
The Olympics is the dream, for the athletes, their families and even the viewers. Every 2 years the Olympic Games bring the World together in the stories of the participants. I yearn to hear about their families and the commitments they’ve made to get the Olympian to the stage where their dreams come true. And, all of us get excited to get outdoors and be sporty in our own way because of The Games.
You can share how Olympians have inspired you to get active and get moving with your family by tweeting with the hashtag #inspiredto. You can see your tweet light up an interactive map of Canada, and check out some videos from our athletes at coca-cola.ca/olympics.
Keeping Kids Active
These days I am a Mother and am intent on keeping our girls active, thankfully they LOVE sports and are just at the right age to enjoy FUN exercise. Our family isn’t travelling to Olympic practices but we are found at gymnastics, swimming, hiking, building snow forts, tobogganing and many other activities which we enjoy.
This week, just before their swimming lessons, my 10 year-old asked if she can join the local swimming team so that she can have practice more often. WOW, heck yeah you can! Chances are she won’t be attending the Olympic Games but she will be getting more active and this Mom loves that idea!
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Suzanne G says
Darlene Schuller says
We don’t have a vehicle, so we walk everywhere.
Cassie Fancy says
We play outside ALOT , go swimming , bike riding , skipping etc
We are always outside! We love to check out new parks, no matter what the weather is like!
Andrea Amy says
I have 5 boys including 3, 5 and 6 year olds. I don’t have to do anything to keep them active. In fact, they keep ME active!
keeping active isn’t an issue here – it is slowing down! right now we have our own mini Olympics happening.
lori b says
going for hikes
Melinda L. says
Hiking and biking
Lori Jackson says
We go to the ymca!
Jeanette Jackson says
My husband and I walk mostly. We have two dogs so we walk them daily and during the warmer weather we swim too.
My husband exposes them to as many activities and sports as he can, in hopes they will develop a natural love of something physical.
Anne Taylor says
We always take our grandkids (or just ourselves) down to the beach. We are either walking or searching for sea glass
We keep active by walking as much as we can
Go out for walks in a park.
I love to go on walks with my boys in our neighbourhood. We love to look at the snow and ice and how it looks on trees, houses, cars and rocks.
Florence C says
Walking on trails.
Julie G. says
Soccer, baseball, swimming, skating – you name it, the kids have played it. We coached for many years when our kids were growing up. Now the grandkids are starting into the same sports.
Judy C (Judy Cowan) says
Walking is our number one way to stay active. In the summer we also bike & swim!
In winter, we try to go skating once a week and my son is having swimming lesson once a week. On weekends, we will go out and get our kids walking around so at least they have some exercise
We walk to stay active.
stacey dempsey says
I do an aquafit class 3 times a week , my daughter is in 4 dance classes and my boys do tae kwon do , aside from that we all walk together and tennis and skating are 2 of our favorite sports to do as a family
Doris Calvert says
Used to do a lot of hiking in the mountains, skating, skiing, golf and play volleyball.
Brenda Penton says
We hike in the summer. In the winter we go sledding, walking and skiing
angela m says
We love to go for walks and swimming
we play outside when the weather is nice
Belinda McNabb says
we bike ride and go for walks
Aimée Robison says
Go for walks and play sports.
Mary I says
We enjoy walks regardless of the weather.
we get outside and try new things, always looking for new indoor play places for rainy days. chasing my son through play tunnels keeps us both active
We go for walks but have our own exercise regiments, I prefer yoga and zumba while he will swim and play team sports like baseball.
Lisa H says
We keep active by walking, swimming and going to parent & child gym classes.
Kristine Ewald says
Shovelling snow, Going sledding, making snowman, going on walks and going to the local pool :)
A lot of walking and some bicycling.
Tanis S says
Geocaching, hiking and playing tennis!
Spending time outside as much as possible keeps us active
JACKIE P says
Go for a spin around the block with my wheelchair
Carol Denny says
In winter we go sledding, making snowman, going on walks
I try to get outside, although this winter had been hard. We love going for walks.
Karla Sceviour says
we go for walks,and bike rides.
We go for walks with our dogs everyday and are involved in sports
Chandra Christine O'Connor says
my hubby runs, my oldest was a gymnast and cheerleader now she goes to gym. my youngest was on swimteam now goes to gym and me I was a former poutine closet muncher now I go to gym lol
Dianne G. says
We keep active by going for walks. My grandchildren keep active by participating in dancing, swimming, and gymnastics.
We walk a lot
Tammy Dalley says
Hiking, swimming, and bike rides
Julie Bolduc says
We go to the indoor pool
My boys are in track and hockey and as a family we love to ride bikes and ice skate
Carla B says
going for walks
Terri O'Donnell says
For the winter months we have been going skating together to stay active and during the summer we go cycling
We cycle, indoors and out!
We play as much as possible!!
Cycling, walking the dog, dancing!
Debbie W says
We love long walk and hiking.
We have family memberships to the y. Someone always wants to be there for some activity which forces us all to go and keep active.
we still walk almost daily in the winter
Robin Abrams says
We try to exercise every day and ride bikes when the weather is good
Nancy T says
From September to May, our girls take skating lessons and swimming lessons. In the summer they play soccer. As a family though, we go for walks, to the park, bike rides, swimming, tobogganing and we love to have kitchen dance parties while dinner is cooking. :)
walking regularly, workout videos and bowling
Andria CM says
Lots of walking
Not very active in the winter but in the summer, plenty of walks and biking
Monique L.S. says
We get outside every day. I love going for long walks through our neighbourhood with my daughter. We also participate in classes that require us to be active.
l p says
we go outside every day. there’s always something to do and allows for creativity on the part of the little ones. thanks
Lynda Cook says
we walk at least I do when I’m having a good day
We would take walks after dinner!
Wendy hutton says
Beverly Wright says
We didn’t. I had my first job at 8. I loved money, still do, however, I have a wonderful work ethic.
BobbiJo Pentney says
Swimming and dance lessons, then we take walks through the woods.
Heidi C. says
My kids love gymnastics and we are always outside playing!
We like to play outside and go to the park.
Victoria Ess says
We play winter and summer sports together.
we play on the wii together
going for walks
Andrea Williams says
We swim in our apartment building’s pool.
I’m a bit of a runner, but I also like to get outside to play in the snow to stay active
Hockey and Gymnastics
We go for a walk or hike
Mat Corns says
Family Skate every Sunday!!!
Lee-Ann S says
Continuing to walk to school!
Jennifer L. says
We like to ice skate together.
Erica Seaman says
Skating, sliding, shovelling, shooting the puck up and down the driveway
Lori Bazan says
This winter it has been family shoveling adventures!!! We stay active as a family by family walks and swimming in the summer!
Integrating physical activities in what we do (running, walking, etc)
Stephanie LaPlante says
Shopping lol. We cruise around window shopping.
Michelle james says
All 3 of my boys and husband play hockey. I run.
Deb Dorrington says
We ice skate and go sledding, during the summer we all swim and go biking!
We spend a lot of time outside! We head to the park when it’s sunny or head to the pool or skating rink when it’s raining.
Sandra S says
We rock climb, hike, run, ride bikes and all that fun stuff..
Erika E says
We go for a lot of walks and also enjoy swimming and rock climbing.
Carole Dube says
Walk and water workout
Angela Mitchell says
We go for walks, hikes and we love swimming and camping.
Robyn B. says
By walking our 3 dogs everyday.
We take walks on a regular basis and since we live on a mountain most of it consists of hills. We also like hiking in the Summer and occasionally biking. I hate being cooped up and do my best to get out and enjoy nature :)
we play on the wii
Cathy C says
I try to get out for walks even if it is just around the mall or the grocery store. The steps add up and they can tell me what they want as far as groceries so they can’t complain if they don’t have what they want LOL
We bike ride in the summer and snowboard in winter.
Victoria K says
We walk, ride bikes, swim ski and play soccer.
We go for hikes in the summer. Also my boy is a dancer.
seham merzib says
We go to the YMCA
Brandee H says
I try to only use my car on Saturdays. We walk everywhere. And we don’t buy any processed food. I just avoid the middle of the grocery store. It usually works!!
Play at the park, go shopping ;) , play in our backyard.
Jennifer P. says
We have a family walk 4x a week, and enroll ourselves on sports teams, in different sporting events, etc.
Holly Wright says
We love to ski in the winter, and in the summer we take a lot of nature walks
Wayne Lecoy says
I am entering your giveaway.
It would be great to win the Coca-Cola Prize Pack.
In response to your question of How do you and your family keep active?
We keep active by going for walks,exercising daily and swimming.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!
Tina L. says
walking and biking
Josh S says
We go for walks and pay games outside
Cheryl P says
We certainly do not keep as active as we should. I have bad knees and back and sometimes use that as an excuse to not try. Have now bought hand weights and an exercise ball, so hoping for the best!
amber y says
We love to swim and hike to keep active.
Kristi Renout says
We go for walks on the trail near our home.
Sarah Cybulski says
We sign up for lots of sports – that’s how we keep active!
M Gibb says
go for walks
Ashley lauren says
Going for walks :) more so when its warmer
Andy B. says
We do a lot of swimming and summer family hiking!
Sunshine G says
Our two year old is always running – activity happens of its own accord!
Maggie C says
by going for walks after dinners
we go swimming!
Christy Martin says
In the winter, tobogganing and trail walks.
Neil Anderson says
we have a small farm so we are always outside. A mountain in our valley for skiing and snowshoeing and a river beside our house for swimming in the summer. Soccer, football, hockey and baseball fills in our spare time LOL. Not much time for inside stuff
Erika B says
We go for walks and my kids so Zumba with me
Melanie B says
We like to get out for walks.. swimming, playing soccer
MIchelle L says
sarah sar says
We try to walk whenever we can instead of driving but lately that`s been a challenge due to the brutal winter we`ve had!
Catherine K (@CathyInCanada) says
It was easier when they were little and enrolled in sports clubs or dance. Now I have to beg them to take walks with me.
Tina F says
Our family go for alot of walks and ride bikes In the warm weather we swim in our pool
Jo-Anne Pfoh says
walks in the mall and shopping just to look and walks to timmies lol
elaine bolduc says
we live it Ottawa, Ontario and this winter has been very cold. we did not do a lot of outdoor things this year because of this but on the few days that it was warmer we went to the canal to see winterlude. and we went skating and we also went sliding. but in the house we did a lot of crafts and just goofed around indoors.
Jen C AKA @JusticeSadie says
Zumba, Swim, Yoga, Hockey and anything outdoors!!
We enjoy skating and skiing !
Erin W says
We work in the garden together, and I run, pushing my daughter in the stroller and then we play at the park.