Raising children is hard work! Being a good role model for your children to be respectful, hardworking, trustworthy, patient, empathetic, the list goes on and on. It is also important to teach your children healthy habits and model them. Telling them they should make healthy choices, but only buying processed foods, or taking them out for ice cream every night is a double standard and does not show that it is important to you.
Creating healthy habits early will give your children the foundation they need to carry them through life. I grew up overweight. While I was active in sports: basketball, soccer, softball, cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics, our schedules didn’t allow for healthy, balanced meals at home. Instead we ate dinner out much more than I remember my parents cooking. As a parent now with two kids in sports, a husband that coaches, and teaching fitness classes, I TOTALLY get how that happens. It’s MUCH easier to swing through the drive-thru or call in an order. But I had to work hard to undo many unhealthy habits – fast food, ordering out, consuming only processed/packaged foods.
Here are a few ways to teach your children healthy habits while making it a family affair!
One of the benefits of working out at home is that my children can join me. My girls have seen my journey and know the hardowkr that it took to push through and reach my goals. Dave and I both invite them to join us whether it’s for a run, an at-home workout video, or yoga, we want them to experience different exercises so they know what they do and do not like.
One brand new feature I love about Beachbody On Demand is that there are now workouts for the whole family. From postnatal to teenagers, there is a wide variety of Beachbody Classics available. Coming in May 2017, You V2 will feature workouts for you and your children as well.
Bring your children food shopping.
Healthy habits start with the food you buy and bring into your home. Admittedly, I hate when I hear people say, “I buy it for my kids.” It may take some getting used to, but if it’s not in the house, it’s not a choice. Let them help you choose new veggies to try as a family.
One thing I love about the weekends is how much time we spend together making healthy, home cooked meals. Not only are we creating memories, but we are teaching them how and why to make healthy meals. They are learning great life lessons and important cooking skills that they will carry with them.
Pack healthy lunches & snacks
Healthy lunches and snacks provide all-day energy to perform well in school. Ask your child what they want for lunch, but give them healthy options to pick from.
Giving your children a foundation to create healthy habits they will carry with them through life all starts at home! The more it is practiced, the easier it becomes!