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6 Ways to Teach Your Child to Maintain a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

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When we brought Caleb home, he was a whole 4 lbs 11 ounces. His birth weight was 5 lbs 3 ounces but babies are typically a few ounces smaller when they leave the hospital. Because Caleb was a small baby, I wondered if he would be a normal size child. I initially struggle to breastfeed him but eventually both he and I got use to it and it became a lifestyle for me. I made the adjustments so that he got what he needed. 

We were so happy to hear at his follow-up appointments that he was growing and doing quite well. Caleb went from being in the 20 percentiles to 30, 50, 70 and 80 percentiles. He has accomplished his height and weight goals but now the doctors are saying he’s getting too big. I can’t help to think, “What in the world is going on?” You wanted us to pack on the pounds but now we have to put a halt on everything because he’s becoming overweight.

Now if you look at my son, you will never think the kid is borderline obese. Medically; however, his numbers read that he is. Nate and I want to raise Caleb to be healthy and fit especially since Nate has diabetes. It is something he never wants Caleb to experience.

In my personal research, I’ve read that the rate at which cases of obesity in children are recorded is alarming, and a cause of worry. Recently, obesity in kids has been linked with chronic and life-threatening ailments such as diabetes and hypertension. It is even more surprising as these are health disorders known to be prevalent in adults and not children.

It is crucial to secure the health of our kids as a parent by creating a healthy family lifestyle with healthy eating patterns and participation in physical activities. The importance of exercise is to instill in kids the significance of moving their bodies.

While I was a kid, I enjoy playing with my Barbie dolls and Nintendo. My parents put a TV in my room so I could enjoy playing what I wanted and seeing what I wanted. However, my grandmother would often encourages me to play outside until she had to call me and my friends down from my mother’s Magnolia tree. 

The use of muscle activity also plays a significant role here. I always weighed more than I looked. Even as a teenager when I was weight lifting and skinny, when I stepped on a scale, everyone was shocked. That’s why I feel it is so important to help my son stay active. With the combination of this and the fact that diabetes runs in his family, I want to make sure he loves the outdoors.

Here are the suggested helpful tips that can keep your child actively engaged:

  • Apply innovative strategies to search for the most appropriate indoor and outdoor exercises that bring more fun for your kids.
  • Engage in a fun-filled activity that involves every member of the family.
  • Allow your child to play immediately they are back from school; you can help them with their homework after the play session.
  • Engaging in regular exercise will ensure your kids are in healthy condition.
  • Regular exercise helps your children prevent stress and depression as well as build their self-esteem.
  • Participating in well-structured sports activities such as monkey bars or swings, gymnastics, dancing, martial arts, skipping ropes, climbing trees, etc. will improve the strength of your children.

Always remember that exercise is filled with fun where the input of every family member is required. It is important to note that active parents can raise active kids. It is crucial for parents to be a worthy role model for their children as it will enable them to live an active lifestyle.  

Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

And as always, enjoy life’s sweet spots…

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Kesha Holloway

The author Kesha Holloway

Kesha Holloway is the founder of Living in Your Sweet Spot. She is passionate about being a wife and mother and desires to align herself with women equally passionate about their families. She believes the woman is the backbone of the family unit and it's her mission to help lift women to achieve their purpose.

35 Comments

  1. When we were kids, we didn’t have access to the tv or computer that easily so we had to keep ourselves busy in other ways. Like playing in the garden which would keep us fit!

    1. Tablets and phones certainly keep kids occupied these days. We have to be intentional about getting our kids active.

  2. What a wonderful mother you are, while its such a hard topic to deal with because children are sensitive to what is around them and the last thing we want to do is put fear into them about food or calories you are incredibly right and by taking actioin you are giving him the best possible start in life. What we learn about eating, fitness and food from our parents is a great influence of how we manager when we’re older.

    1. Exactly! I am lucky because my son likes a lot of fruit and veggies but now he is starting to ask for candy. We have limited this to mints and candy canes. We are trying our best to keep him away from chocolate for as long as we can.

  3. While I’m not a mother, these are some wonderful tips on keeping kids engaged and healthy! I played outside a lot in my childhood a few years back and it was some of the best times I’ve had! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. I think that encouraging your kids to participate in well structured activities that help keep them fit and healthy is a great idea. Gymnastics or dance would be a good example!

  5. I love this so so so much!!! We all want healthy children and staying active is such a great way to promote that – especially considering those annoying picky eater phases they go through. It is quite easy to see how life is becoming more sedentary, more technological, more indoorsy then it was when we were younger. There are certain aspects of the modern world that I want my daughter to adapt to. Of course, I want her to be tech savvy in a world where tech is king, but I also want her to be healthy and have a relationship with nature. Aside from helping them to build healthy habits from an active lifestyle it also provides the greatest bounty of natural learning for children. Both structured and unstructured play periods are so vital. You really hit the nail on the head with this one! 🙂

  6. It’s not easy being a mom Kesha, especially when we continually get bombarded with well intentioned advice. Caleb looks healthy and there’s just no possible way he’s borderline obese. He might be heavy but he sure isn’t fat. Interestingly enough most professional body builders are considered borderline obese too when their BMI is measured and you’re doing all the right things by encouraging him to be active and play outside

    1. That’s interesting Michelle! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve always weighed heavier than I look so while I was shocked to hear the doctor say this, I didn’t get too upset.

  7. I’m not a parent, but these are helpful tips for parents. While we watched TV often as kids, we spent more time playing outside. There definitely should be a good balance.

  8. I have certainly been blessed to have active children and they keep me active. I’m certainly not as active as I should be, but it’s always amazing to hear doctors tell someone that they are overweight. I think that weight changes with the day they decide to share it in the office. 🙂 What a cutie!

  9. so cute infant pics! I have a 3 month old baby and like your baby she is growing and gaining weight so fast, which of course us parents are happy about that. But on the other hand we dont want them to go over beyond normal. These tips are very helpful, engaging in outdoor and fun activity for them to get good fun exercise are one of the best way to make them fit.

  10. I love this post, so realistic and helpful. We all want healthy children and staying active is such a great way to promote that and what could be better than being the role model for own kids. I do believe in balance when it comes to my kids, outdoor time, screen time, books, food everything in balance. Caleb looks so adorable.

    1. We just got my son a bike for Christmas. He’s still learning to pedal but I think it is a great way to get him outside the house.

  11. Wow this tips are really wonderful for kids of nowadays… very nicley written..
    Loved reading this article
    Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely information!

  12. I definitely love all of these tips for teaching young children how to be fit and healthy when they get older. I unfortunately had parents who didn’t teach me all of these things so it is hard to adapt to a better and healthier lifestyle. I will definitely teach my future kids how to be healthy and fit.

    1. I understand Ariel! My husband and I are creating new traditions and that’s all you can do if you didn’t have this growing up. You are going to be a great mom!

  13. Although I am not a mother I can appreciate that it’s important to show you children that being healthy and having healthy habits is vital.

  14. Uhm! Lemme start by saying I’ve no kids yet. I agree with most of the tips here and I’m gonna teach them to my kids since my parent didn’t teach me most of this stuffs.

  15. I don’t have kids yet, but growing up, it was so important to have balanced meals every day and staying active!

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