This last year has been a year of holistic healing and
health in our household (alliteration aside). We have started to exercise
daily, making a commitment to our own health and well-being, not to mention
showing our son a great example of putting together a healthy body with a
healthy attitude. This got me thinking about how to introduce the concepts of
exercise, nutrition, and overall health and how important it is to start young.
The easiest thing to show your
children is how important health is to you by making your own health a
priority. Don’t smoke in front of your children, don’t drink heavily, exercise
and eat right in front of your children. I personally have turned fast food
into enough of a joke that my son says McDonald’s is fake food when he sees the
golden Arches. You can’t eat that kind of food in front of your children if you
want them to develop healthy eating habits.
2. Take your kids to the health club
Most health clubs these days,
whether they are YMCA, private, or other public style places, have a kid zone
so that your kids can get some activity while you do your workout. The simple
of act of going to a health club with your child makes them understand that
this something that adults build into their schedules, so it must have some
Whether it is a hike, walk, or a
bike ride, it is important for families to be active together. My parents
always took me on really long walks in order to get some exercise. In fact, I
wished I listened to my parents more often about getting exercise, as they are
committed to 5 miles of walking on a daily basis for the last 50 years. I watch
so many families get stuck in ruts where the kids only leave the house for planned
activities, and I count my family lucky that we made this change to our lives
Teach your children how to eat out
by making good choices when you go out to eat. Restaurants will tailor food to
serve you in the way you want to eat, not just the way they normally cook it.
Many restaurants offer a wide variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options
these days, and it would be a great thing to show children that you experiment
on the healthy side of the menu on a regular basis.
Obviously the one big thing is to model the behavior you
want to see in your children. You cannot expect a child to eat healthy without seeing
you willing to eat the same food. Good luck to you all, and happy health!
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