Mother’s Day is coming up, which has us thinking about the wonderful mothers in our lives. So I thought it made sense to talk a bit about them – and why it’s so important that they take a few hours every week to focus on their health and fitness.
If you’re a mom – especially in the early years of parenthood, which we call the ‘trenches’ chez Nielsen, this one’s for you.
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.
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!