It’s safe to say that every parent wants their kids to eat healthfully and get enough exercise. Yet it’s a losing battle for many, as childhood obesity rates are on the rise.
So what’s a parent to do? One of the most powerful ways you can instill healthy habits in your child(ren) is to follow them yourself. As you are likely well aware, children are highly observant. They tend to follow the example, and footsteps, of the adults in their lives – which means that YOU are their main influence when it comes to exercise and eating habits.
So, if you’re not currently eating or moving the way you want your child to, it’s time to start. If you’re already active and eating your veggies, great – you’re well on your way.
Regardless of your starting point, here are five ways you can help influence your child’s healthy habits for the better:
One of the greatest ways you can show your child that you prioritize your own fitness is to have a trainer come into your home. We always welcome children into our clients’ workouts – as observers, helpers, and – sometimes – even a participant here and there. If you’d like to know more, please feel free to contact us to arrange a free consultation and first workout.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!