5 Things I Learned About Health & Fitness From My Kids

By Diana Cherry

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Go Ahead, Be a Picky Eater
My kids don’t eat everything on their plates.  If they don’t like something, they don’t eat it.  If there’s too much food served, they leave what they can’t finish.  They eat slowly, taking time to play with their food, their utensils, and each other.  It’s so simple, and yet, most grown-ups simply don’t do it.  So, go ahead, be a picky eater. Next time you are served a meal, try this:  Eat only what you like (if it’s healthy.) Take your time. Eat only until you’re satisfied.  You’d be surprised by how much gets left on the plate.

If It’s Not Good for Them, It’s Not Good for You
When I’m pregnant, I worry constantly about what I eat and drink.  I don’t eat any artificial colors or flavors.  I avoid preservatives, additives, and sweeteners.  And, of course, I never, ever drink caffeine or alcohol.  I limit my sugar, take my vitamins, and try to eat as healthy as I can.  I’m responsible for another life, and I want to be sure they get all the nutrients and none of the junk. I’m extremely sensitive to what might be harmful to their little growing bodies.  The same goes for my kids post pregnancy.  I wake up early to fix them a healthy breakfast, and yet I often neglect to eat breakfast myself.  I pack them healthy, balanced lunches for school and eat a granola bar on the go for my own lunch.  The same care I put into their meals, into their health, I must put into my own.  After all, one day they’ll likely do as I do, not as I say.

Sugar Makes You Crash and Burn
I can always tell when my kids have had too much sugar.  Once they’ve had it, the sugar high begins.  They are little mad-women, running around the house destroying everything in sight.  They have momentary little bursts of energy that almost always end in loud, screeching fights with each other, a melt down, and an early bedtime or nap.  The same goes for you and me, when we’ve had too much sugar, we may get an initial burst of energy but when it fades, boy, do things get ugly.

If You Don’t Eat and If You Don’t Sleep, You Are Not a Fun Person to be Around
It seems so simple.  My kids have a daily wake up time, a daily rest or nap time, and a daily bedtime.  They eat their meals at the same time everyday, and when they don’t I can tell because they’re just. plain. no. fun. to. be. around.  We may think as adults that we outgrow this phenomenon, but, not really.   When you take the time to take care of yourself, you feel fitter, happier, and more productive.  You have the energy you need to go about your day.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
My kids beg to ride their bikes everyday.  They have endless energy for climbing play structures at the park.  They love swimming pools, lakes, and the beach.  They could play tag or climb trees for hours.  They skip or race one another, everywhere we go.  All of these things are calorie torchers, but they have no idea what a calorie is - and they’re certainly not worried about burning or counting them.  They know what so many adults don’t, that when you make exercise fun, it doesn’t feel like exercise.  When you find activities you enjoy, you’re more apt to do them. Take time this week to head over to the Fitness Lab, and spend some time for yourself this week in an upbeat work out with friends. C’mon, it’ll be fun.  I’ll race you there!

Diana Cherry is a client and regularly attends Body Revolution.