Bodies in Motion is dedicated to helping kids keep their bodies moving. However, we also have a passion for helping out the parents as well. As many parents know, keeping your kids active is a good workout itself. Today, we're going into why that's the case. We're going to talk about the different ways that keeping your kid in shape will help you stay in shape as well.
Reason: You'll Be Joining Them
Perhaps the most obvious is that when your child wants to do something active, you might be swept up in that activity as well. This is particularly the case when you have an older child that likes to hike, run, or do outdoor family activities that involve you taking them or joining them somewhere.
Implementation Option: Ask to Join
If you don't have to move to keep your child active, perhaps they play sports in school, maybe you can ask them for a lesson? If they are in cross country, ask them if you can join them on a slow day. If they play baseball, ask them to play out in the yard. This is an excellent opportunity to bond while also getting out there and getting in shape with your son or daughter.
Reason: They Need to Eat Healthily
If your child is in competitive sports, then you know all about the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. If your child is eating pizza all day, then chances are their coach will say something. As such, you can become used to eating a healthier diet. After all, having snacks and pizza in the house when someone can't eat it is a recipe for disaster.
Implementation Option: Think About A Healthier Diet
If your family thinks they could do better in the nutrition department, then work together to determine what's best for everyone. Talk to your child's coaches and doctors as well as your own. You'll be giving your child a boost as well as yourself.
Reason: Your Speed Running your Errands
If you're taking your child to martial arts every week, then chances are you have an hour to kill each week. Many parents use that time to go grocery shopping and run their errands. Each one of those parents is a killer speed walker. With only an hour to spare, you'll become great at getting somewhere and getting what you need fast.
Implementation Option: Join them for an Hour of Fitness
If you want to boost your activity level or if you generally wait for them to finish, then think about joining them with an hour of your fitness. Drop your child off in gym clothes and go for a run at the local park or in the parking lot. Remember, talk to a professional and make sure you have the right gear before you start a new fitness routine.
Reason: Children Take Work
Even if your child isn't old enough to play sports, there's a high chance that he or she is keeping you more active. Having a baby or toddler requires constant movement and motion. In addition, their need for fresh air and walks will keep you off your bottom for much longer than the average person.
Implementation Option: Take Your Child to Parks
If you've been feeling stuck at home, then try taking your child to a park. Parks are an excellent way for you to get moving and stand for long periods while your child has fun with people their age. Bring young children in a stroller so that you can walk while they nap or look at nature.