“Stepping” It Up

What can wake you up in the morning better than a cup of coffee?  Where can you meet new friends and chat with old ones?  How can you carve out more quality time with your children while improving their (and your) focus, stamina, and overall health?

The answer – Morning Mile!

IMG_0242My name is Irene Cobb.  My oldest son Max is in 6th grade, my middle son T.J. is in Kindergarten, and my youngest son Michael is 17 months old.  In September of 2013, I found myself in a sort of funk.  While I was overjoyed with the arrival of my newest baby boy, I was completely exhausted and overwhelmed.  I knew that getting into an exercise routine could help me in so many ways, but I didn’t know where to start.  I had heard about Morning Mile and had thought about trying it, but the thought of getting up even earlier in the mornings was rather daunting.  Finally, I decided that we were just going to go for it – I picked a start date, and we started our new morning routine.

That decision has been a game changer in my life, a springboard from which many positive things have come about.  A couple of months ago, we passed the 100 mile mark!  It’s been great to have that extra time with my boys in the mornings – we talk about the upcoming day, or sometimes bring flash cards to study for a quiz or test.  I’ve gotten to know several other parents and teachers better.  Plus, as a busy mom chasing a rambunctious toddler around all day, when we go to Morning Mile I know that, if I get nothing else accomplished that day, at least I’ve gotten some good walking in!

Studies have shown that morning exercise can help kids have better focus and performance throughout the school day.  We invite everyone to come join us for Morning Mile – it begins at 7:30 every morning on the track.  Early Childhood students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  There is no charge to participate, and it’s fun!  See you there!

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