It’s almost hibernation time. When it’s the middle of winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up with a big fat blanket and a tub of ice cream on the couch. We’re packing on the pounds and staying warm, and tossing our thoughts of summer in the sink with our ice cream spoon.
Instead of ice cream, though, children could use an extra boost of nutritious food during the holidays. They’re filled with energy, and they need healthy food to convert that energy into precious nutrients their bodies need. They also need to expel this energy and nutrients in healthy ways, but sometimes it’s hard to play outside during the winter.
Here are 8 ways to get your child involved with your health and fitness routine:
Enjoy exercises that your child can do as well. If you exercise at home, purchase a mat for your child, and encourage him to exercise too. Be sure to encourage him so he understands that it’s okay if his routine looks different from yours. The goal is for your child to move and have fun.
If you play music, incorporate some of your child’s favorite music into your routine.
If you exercise outside, allow your child to go with you.
When you prepare meals, invite your child to assist.
Invite another parent and child to exercise with you.
Look for healthy meal alternatives that you and your child can share.
Create your own recipes combining fruit and vegetables with kid treats.
Be encouraging! Let your child know how proud you are of his effort and how much you enjoy exercising together.
Good nutrition and exercise should be a way of life for adults and children. It’s much easier to practice a healthy lifestyle when the concept is introduced at an early age. It’s even better when a child observes a healthy parent. And don’t forget to discuss your child’s exercise, health, and nutrition with your pediatrician.
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