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Prone to New Year’s resolutions regarding your weight, fitness and overall health? Many people are, including me. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m eating a chocolate-covered pretzel and thinking I should have made a better choice! Mostly I’m a pretty fit person who eats well and loves to lean into my cravings as I tend to overindulge less when I do. But, I do find it hard to prioritize myself over my family—often cramming my workouts into time slots more convenient for others.
It can feel selfish or too time-consuming. Maybe you are in the same boat.
Perhaps thinking about the importance of modeling healthy behavior for your kids will help. Developing good habits early on for your children will build healthier immune systems and BMIs, can stabilize moods, increase energy levels and improve memory and academic success. Plus, as Elle Woods in Legally Blond says, “exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy...” (you can fill in the rest of the quote).
The CDC and Mayo Clinic both recommend children get several hours of moderate to vigorous activity each week. That can include running, jumping, skipping, climbing and playing games in the back yard or at the playground (which, if you join them, will be a good added calorie-burner for you) or organized kids programs. Selfishly I say put your kids in Lil’ Kickers to get a good weekly workout!
Here are some other activities to try:
Fun At-Home Workouts for Kids - Good Housekeeping
And here are some nutrition resources to help get you started.
Hopefully, this year will give us more unrestricted options for engaging in fun fitness activities.
Here’s to a healthier 2021.
Until next time, be kind to yourself and others