Parents have a great responsibility to their children. They must provide food, shelter, clothing and love. In addition, they have to teach manners, how to tie shoes and how to use the pot. While parents have a lot on the boards, they cannot forget the importance of teaching their children health and fitness.
It is very important that children learn at a young age about healthy eating and exercise. Learning to love fruits and vegetables and enjoying being active as children will really help them for the rest of their lives.
It can be easy for parents to get caught up in other things that they don’t think about health and fitness. With work, errands, cooking, cleaning and just taking care of a child’s needs, it may seem that there is no time to spend exercising or thinking about what the children are eating. After all, giving your kids a processed snack or picking up fast food is faster than preparing a healthy snack or lunch.
Parents can use many excuses for not doing the right things. They are too busy, too tired, or they just don’t know what to do or how to change. You can always find an excuse to do nothing. At some point you just have to acknowledge that it is important and you have to find a way to make it happen.
Being overweight in children is a big problem, and that’s because too many parents apologize. They do not take responsibility for the health of their children. The easy route is to let your kids watch as much TV as they want. But the best thing for them is to get them to turn on the TV and do something active. The same is often true of food.
First, parents need to start educating about health and fitness. Buy more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and stop buying a lot of processed snacks. Spend 30 minutes out of your day attending some fun kids exercises with your kids. If you do that with them, they are more likely to participate.
Teaching your children about health and fitness is a conscious choice. It takes effort, but in the end it’s worth it. Show your children that being healthy will help them feel better and live a long, happy life. As a parent, it is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.