My husband and I often struggle to get our kids outside. We love to hike and they tell us they don't. In the past, we have tried going on easy walks so they don't complain too much. However, recently we found that really challenging adventures are more to their liking. Last week, we scaled a rock face in the rain one day and biked 18 miles the next. No one complained once.
Why? I think they like the challenge. Turns out challenging them is important to their development. It provides the opportunity to test their limits, motivates them take risks, and makes them feel good about themselves when they succeed. You can read more about why we should all challenge our kids, and probably ourselves, more via the link below.