Hike It Baby!

It is no secret that hiking is one of my favorite activities. That are so many benefits. Beyond the obvious health benefit, hiking and being outdoors implies a relatively technology-free time. Children today spend an average of 6 hours a day in front of a screen and but less than 4 minutes playing outdoors (source). While there are some benefits to technology, children need more time outdoors. Children need challenges that develop their imaginations, creativity and motor skills. According to some research, relying on technology for play can limit children's development (source). But I think one thing we can all agree on is that it isn't always easy to get kids outdoors. It can take a lot of time and energy from us and, especially as kids get older, they may not always want to get outdoors. This is where Hike It Baby comes in.

Hike It Baby's mission is to encourage and support families getting outdoors for a walk in nature EVERY WEEK. They provide support in two ways.
The biggest is through organizing Hike It Baby Branch hikes at least once a week. The second is through their Challenges.

There are over 20 Hike It Baby Branches, with more being added all the time. Each branch leads at least one hike a week and there are anywhere from 3 to 50 parents with children participating. It is a fun way to meet new people in your community, get some exercise, get into nature and have support in the process. Most of the hikes are easy and no one is ever left behind. If there isn't a branch in your city, consider starting one.

Hike It Baby Challenges are just that, a way to challenge yourself to spend more time outdoors with your kids. The goal is to hike three times a week for thirty minutes or 30 miles in 30 days. Sounds fun, huh. Hike It Baby has a online system that allows you to track your time and a private Facebook group for support. There is a small cost to participate.

So, get outdoors and hike it baby!

Here are a few of my favorite posts from fellow bloggers on hiking with kids.

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