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Jillian

I love to run. In the calendar year after my twins were born, I did 4 half marathons. At that time, it was a coping mechanism and a little taste of normalcy and the life I lived before I became a mom. But I was also eager to run WITH my girls. Once I was able to run with them in the chariot, I could bring them on some of my runs. I even pushed them through a handful of short races!

I had to learn a LOT when I became a mother - but one thing I knew instinctually was that my kids needed to move. Sitting in a stroller or carseat wasn't the best thing for them, so we ALWAYS included a stop at a playground on our runs. To vary things up, we'd run in different directions and try different parks. If we had to drive around the city to run an errand, we would find a playground to explore in a new neighbourhood. All our exploration eventually led to @EdmontonPlaygrounds - our Instagram account about all the best parks in and around the city.

I'm so passionate about playgrounds for kids - and I strongly feel that they are a gateway to activity for the whole family. It starts with a playground - maybe it expands to a game in the field, or exploring the forest, or trying a new sport. I am so heartened by how many like-minded parents follow Edmonton Playgrounds and share this passion. I also hope the account inspires people to take that first step and try something new as a family.

My twins are 6 now and love being active. These days they can ride their bikes along with me as I run. We're also branching out into hikes, family bike adventures, ski trips and of course, more playgrounds. I hope we never stop playing at playgrounds!

 

Lauren - Find outdoor places to skate...

 

Kenadi - Find new areas to explore...

 

Michelle - I grew restless at home...

 

Gabrielle - I love to go for walks...

 

Tara - I have always enjoyed strength training...

 

Jennifer - I really appreciate the four seasons...

 

Mackenzie - I’m no stranger to staying active...

 

Kacey - I grew up with physical activity...

 

Quinn - I love to go to the gym...

 

Michael - Adapt to what you can do...

 

Slav - I have enjoyed getting creative...

 

Jamie - I’ve been trying new activities...

 

Ashley - Staying active has been crucial...

 

Stacy - I am never sitting still...

 

David - I start with 20-minutes of Yoga...

 

Doug - Movement is life-changing...

 

Vahid - Nothing will stop Edmontonians...

 

Giselle - Find joy in small ways...

 

Dounia - I developed a love for fitness...

 

Brittany - I believe movement is medicine...

 

Councillor Knack - I started a 14-day pilates routine...

 

Julia - Edmonton has such great trails...

 

Lindsay - I would set a new goal each year...

 

Megan - Physical fitness is a way of life...

 

Candice -  This year I need a little more inspiration...

 

Megan & Adam - we have had to think outside the box...

 

Adrienne - You can run anywhere outdoors...

 

Tracy - Exercising outdoors boosts my mood...

 

Megan - Have a furry, adorable workout buddy...

 

Dia - I’ve come to embrace change...