Did you make a new years resolution for 2014? Did that include growing a healthy family? I for one can personally vouch that the health of the parent, and the interest parents take in their own well being has a direct affect on their kids both short and long term.
My dad, for example, was a runner, backpacker, and just stayed active in general. Mom was less so but she did stay healthy and always emphasized good eating and activity with us, the kids. Although we didn’t do a lot together activity wise (we didn’t run races together) I did notice my parents interest in health and that carried forward to my life as well. I too became a runner, backpacker, hiker, kayaker, and just about everything else outdoors. My sister also took up running, then triathlons, and now she’s an avid walker.
Point being that your kids are watching and they emulate what you do later on in their lives! A couch potato mom or dad leads to a couch potato kid, with little motivation to do otherwise, and a keen interest in all things couch-potato, such endless, mindless hours of gaming and soda drinking.
Along with your new years resolution to become more fit, get active and pursue a better lifestyle, be sure to work your kids into the formula so they will benefit from your motivation!
- Take a walk once to twice a week together to promote the great outdoors and work those lungs.
- Promote a healthy diet by having a “meatless Monday” and make it a tradition.
- Remove some of the processed carbs in the morning and replace bland cereals with real fruit smoothies and protein.
- Take a class together at the Kroc Center! Learning to rock climb, swim or weight lift will have a lasting affect on your health and family togetherness.
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If you’re struggling with what to do and how to do it, maybe take it to the next level and hire a personal trainer for your family. Personal trainers are a great resource for goal setting, meal planning and execution of the right idea.
We hope you have a great, new, fit, healthy, happy year with the entire family!