Today's Reason: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! It's baseball season- get out there and see a game in person! When you think about watching a baseball game you might think that it's not a very active thing to do. I guess that depends on where you are going. From my perspective you have to take your whole trip to the ball park into account. We took our son to a Red Sox game recently and I'd say it was an active day, but we live in a city where you don't just park your car outside the stadium and walk inside.
First of all, I refuse to pay for parking in the city, especially for baseball games. I know where all the good spots are, so we parked a mile away and took a nice walk to the park through the Fens.
Once we got to the park we walked around outside, bought a much needed Red Sox hat for our son and then walked what seemed to be another mile to our bleacher seats. Walking the stairs to and from our seats a couple of times was a lot more exercise than we would have gotten sitting at home!
If you're going with kids you'll probably have to get them out and walking around the park a few times- a welcome "break" for everyone, especially if it's a hot day like it was when we were there. Lucky for us we also got to take a long trek all the way down to the dugout when the game was over and my son got to try on David Ortiz's batting helmet. We've got friends in low places.
Some of the newer parks have attractions especially for kids. We went to a Giants game while in San Francisco last summer where they have a mini ball park right in the stadium for young kids to play ball in. Have you ever see the big Coke bottle at AT&T stadium? Did you know that inside that coke bottle are two tube slides? Yes, it's true.
The day we were at the Sox game also happened to be the day of the Boston Marathon. We may not have run a marathon, but we did make the one mile journey back to our car. We felt like we had an active day and were happy to drive home and relax.