And good or bad, they’re going to mimic what we do. That’s why it’s so important to model healthy habits for our kids. When we invest in ourselves - working out, eating healthy, and taking time to focus on our mental health - we are showing them what self-care looks like.
Today, we’re looking at several ways you can set healthy habits for kids in your life.
Even if we work out for hours a day, it means nothing if we’re putting highly-processed foods into our bodies. Kids are inundated with unhealthy food choices: fast-food meals, sugary drinks, and heavily-processed snacks.
Instead, let’s model healthy habits for our kids by choosing nutritious foods that build our bodies. When we fill our plate with fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, it encourages our kids to do the same. And offer only water or low-fat milk to drink.
Model healthy living by carving out time to exercise every day. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gym, train for a marathon, or enter a bodybuilding competition. Just 30 minutes a day is enough to keep you healthy.
The more you make exercise a part of your daily routine, the more likely your kids are to be active, too. Why not make it a family affair, and do something active together?
If you complain about “having to go the gym,” your kids will get the message: fitness is a chore, and therefore should be avoided.
Instead, find an activity you love to do. Your excitement will wear off on your kids, and they’ll want to join in the fun, too. Even better? Get the whole family involved in an activity that makes everyone healthier.
Why not involve your kids in your healthy lifestyle? Let them choose a healthy meal for dinner one night, involve them in meal planning, or take them grocery shopping and show them how to read labels and make healthy decisions.
Food planning and preparation can be some great quality time with your kids. And it’s teaching them healthy eating habits, too.
A positive attitude does more than make you fun to be around. Positivity has tons of health benefits, too, from preventing heart disease to raising your pain tolerance. But if we want our kids to be optimists, we have to practice positivity ourselves.
Why not make gratitude a daily habit? At the dinner table, take turns saying what you’re thankful for that day. A positive attitude is infectious - and that’s one bug you hope your children catch!
Until next time, take care of yourself, your kids, and one another.