Make Your Marathon a Family Affair

Article | June 2017

Make Your Marathon a Family Affair

When training for a race, don’t go it alone.

Training for a long-distance run is time consuming and is often a solo endeavor. By getting your family involved, you can help your kids become more physically active and eat better. As an added bonus, you’ll get to spend time together as a family. Here are some tips on getting your family in on the fun:

Let your loved ones in on your plans

Share why and how you have set this goal. Explain how the race will test you physically and mentally. Make sure your family understands that training will be time-consuming and you need their full support to succeed. Tell them it’s their smiling faces that you’ll be looking for as you finish that last mile!

Teach your children how to set goals

Training presents a great opportunity to teach your children how to set and achieve their own personal goals. Help them identify a goal that is important to them and then work together to figure out the steps necessary to achieve it. Finally, support them in their efforts and celebrate their success along the way and upon completion.

Coordinate meeting points along the course

Encourage your family members to be part of the experience by volunteering to hand out water or sports drinks on race day. Before race day, tell one another what you'll be wearing so you can easily spot each other in the crowds.

Make race day a family affair

Many events offer something for everyone! Start with a 5K race which lets adults, teens, and tweens participate and enjoy the experience together as a family. You can also introduce your younger children to running by enrolling them in a kids' race.

The Disneyland® Half Marathon and Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekends are great examples of events that help Cigna support child wellness issues as part of its corporate responsibility initiative, Cigna Connects.

According to Mary Engvall, Executive Director of the Cigna Foundation, "It is important to encourage our children to be active; if the entire family commits to healthy lifestyle choices, our kids are much more likely to enjoy and participate in healthy activities."

Cigna encourages you to get your family involved in your commitment to be active and live healthy. Together, we can make it a great race and a memorable experience.

Three teenage girls running in the fall

The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice. Always consult your doctor for appropriate health advice and guidance, including prior to starting a new diet or exercise program.