When I first made the decision to get in shape it was a giant step. For the first time I felt like I was really taking charge of my life. As a mom, I had always felt like I gave so much to my family and had little left for myself. But now I was allowing myself 90 minutes every day to focus on me. I watched what I ate, I worked hard on my fitness and I lost weight that I had carried around for years. It felt great!
But as time went on, I realized that there was more to this lifestyle change. Yes, I was making a positive change for myself. But it became even more clear that I was also changing my children’s perception of me. They started to use words like “strong” and “tough” to describe me. They would try to impress me by holding a plank or showing me how many jumping jacks they could do. They would regale me with their knowledge of clean eating and why processed foods are so bad for us.
In a time when more than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, it is more important than ever to set a good example for our children with fitness and nutrition. Our children look to us as their guides in life and are constantly learning by our actions. When we are sedentary and make poor food choices, our children will as well.
As an owner of FIT4MOM NoCo, I see the impact of our actions on a daily basis. One of our class offerings, Stroller Strides, offers moms a 60 minute workout of cardio, strength and toning WITH their stroller-aged kids. I realized just the other day what a powerful thing this is. These children come with their moms (sometimes 5 days a week!) and see them engaging in physical activity. They watch as their moms get stronger. They see them doing things they couldn’t do before and they see the smile on their faces. It struck me what an amazing example these moms are setting for their children.
Wondering where to start? Here are some things you can do to start setting a good example for your family:
Start taking family walks every day
Explore the Poudre River Trail either on foot or on bikes
Venture out of Greeley and enjoy one of the many hiking trails Northern Colorado has to offer
Head to the backyard for a game of kickball, baseball, or soccer
Join Stroller Strides or another one of FIT4MOM NoCo’s class offerings!
It doesn’t take much to show your children what a powerful thing an active lifestyle is. Just 30 minutes of activity a day can increase energy and put a smile on the faces of everyone in your family. So get out the door and get on the road to a healthy, active lifestyle today!