Childhood obesity is an epidemic. We see news information about it all of the time and we see evidence of it every day when we walk along the road, go into our neighborhood shops or pick up our children from school.
It’s almost criminal to allow our kids to vegetate in front of the Television set eating packets of crisps and chocolate right up until dinner time. For people that can be bothered to cook rather than “take away”, dinner could be well beyond 7pm providing very little time for any little ones to digest their meals before bed.
Why is it so tricky to motivate oneself as well as your youngsters to good habits? Well, let’s break it down.
Morning – the children don’t want to get up. They’re tired, don’t wish to eat breakfast and your stress levels rise.
You travel to work – by car or truck, train, bus, cycle, walk. Whichever your chosen type of transport getting around is not easy. Traffic, traffic fumes, bad weather, inconsiderate road users. STRESS
You work…. hard. Even if you are sat at a desk your brain is always active. By the conclusion of the working day you finish up the same way – exhausted, and you’ve nonetheless got to get home.
Evening – You would like time to wind down. So you give in to the kids as a way to get some head space. And the routine starts over once more.
We put ourselves under a lot of stress throughout our working week. We don’t intend to nevertheless it’s a reality of daily life. Most men and women live hectic, stressful lives and when it comes to minimizing stress in the house, giving in to the children is an easy decision.
But what could be the alternative. Time and cash are in short supply for quite a few of us. However it’s a known undeniable fact that exercise can lower stress levels. When the weather is decent, get outdoors. Take the youngsters for a bike ride or walk to the shops rather than using the car.
You could possibly head over to the health club but if we are to set an example to the youngsters, we need to allow them see what we’re doing. Purchase some home gym equipment, there are even treadmills suitable for kids, and making use of cardiovascular exercise equipment on a regular basis will ensure you are around for a good few years to see the youngsters grow up.
Prepare your week more effectively. Converse with those close to you to make it possible for them know what your plans are. Prepare some family physical exercise routines. If you can, have a workout evening in your house, make it possible for the youngsters get involved. Give them workout routines to do that mimic that which you are doing. Make it fun and family focussed. There is loads of cheap exercise equipment available that you as well as the children could use for example buying skipping ropes, gym ball exercise equipment or mini stepper units.
And finally – breathe. Take big deep lung filling breaths. The body demands oxygen and a few deep breaths every single morning will set you up for your day.
When we were small, we didn’t have countless numbers of different TV stations, video games and social mass media. We went out to see our friends, and in doing so exercised – we played in the park or the street and rode our bikes. We are living in a very different world now and our kids don’t do the things we did as children, so make changes that suit the world we live in. Search for opportunities to boost your health and fitness and in doing so, set an example for your kids.