You know what’s surprisingly good exercise? Chasing a 7-year-old around a pool for 40 minutes. That’s surprisingly good exercise. Particularly when I let him make up the rules of the game we’re playing.
The one that was the most work started simply enough. He’d ask me to throw a ball into the deep end of the pool. And then we had to race to get it, and then race back to the shallow end and touch it to the edge of the pool while the other player tried to take it away. In practice, this led to my son hanging onto my arm and back as I dragged him through the water.
It got more complicated as it went, of course. After I scored the first point, I was then required to swim backwards. Which was actually run backwards, but it’s still a lot of work. Plus, of course, a seven year old wrestling me as I tried to make my way back across the pool.
It was exercise, yes. But it was exercise filled with joy and laughter and fun. And even better than that, it was time spent with my son, building memories as we spent time together.