Leading the Way to Good Health: Just Watch Your Kids
By Genevieve Cunningham
Kids are great teachers. We don't have kids thinking about them teaching us, but it happens. They teach us a million things -- like how to slow down and enjoy life and about how quickly time really goes by. But kids might be able to teach you other things as well -- like about how to maintain good health. If you want to improve your lifestyle, manage your health, and enjoy every minute of the process, take a look at these important lessons that our kids can teach us about good health.
Kids Are Always Moving
Unless they learn sedentary behavior, kids are natural movers. They're constantly running, climbing, walking, playing. They never stop. While this can be exhausting to the parents, it's important to pay attention to how well that movement translates into good health. Follow your child's lead and move your body. It'll help you manage your weight, build strong muscles, and boost basic mobility. Start moving today, and don't stop.
Kids Don't Eat Out of Boredom
As kids get older, they might begin to eat out of boredom. But young kids will often forego their food in order to play. While you don't want them (or yourself) to skip meals, it's a good idea to listen to your body's cues. If it's not true hunger, don't eat. If it's just boredom or a habit or something to do, skip it. Kids are better at this than adults, but if we watch and learn, we can relearn the art of enjoying our meals without overindulgence.
Kids Like to Play
Kids are always playing. And they should be! But as it turns out, adults should be playing more too. While you don't have to swing on the monkey bars or play pretend, taking time off for some leisure time is really good for mental health. In this way, kids are far better off than adults. Make sure you're making time for play, and your health will improve drastically over time.
Kids are great. Hard? Yes. Frustrating? Absolutely. But they're also wonderful, fun, and excellent teachers. Pay attention to these aspects of your child's life, and you may be able to improve your own health (and the health of your whole family!) as a result.
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