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I spent the majority of my adolescence and early adulthood morbidly obese, inactive, and very very out of shape. I'm 31 now, with two small kids, sit on my butt 50 hours a week editing for a worldwide publishing company and am in the best shape of my life. Of course, I love what I do for fitness (CrossFit) and it has changed my life, but the reality is that there's no "magic pill" for weight loss, health, and fitness. It's about trying new things, failing, trying again, failing better, trying again.

Part of what made me decide to finally be the victor in the battle was my kids. How can I expect my daughter to grow up with a strong sense of self-worth and understanding of what a healthy woman is if I don't SHOW her? How can I expect my son to learn to cook healthy food for himself if I don't TEACH him what healthy food is?

I know we all have excuses: we're tired, we're too out of shape, we're broke, etc. But there's a whole lot you could do to show your kids that health and wellness is important without much time or money. We only have one life - one body - and if we don't fuel it well and work it properly, it will fail. That's the lesson I want my children to learn. Not to be skinny. Not to be buff. But to be healthy and fit and with that, happy.

So I take my daughter with me to my Crossfit gym in the afternoons. She watches me deadlift 265 pounds, swing a 55-pound kettlebell over my head, do pullups, pushups, push-press heavy weights over my head. Kids see and understand way more than we give them credit for. She sees me being a strong woman and, in turn, wants to be one too.

I'm not saying you need to do the things I choose to do - everyone's fitness passion and goals are their own - but doing something, anything, shows your children that you care about your body. And that's a gift that will have lifelong benefits.

Maybe you could do a workout DVD or an on-demand video with your toddler using soup cans. Or when you see a big hill on your walk, offer to race them to the top. What if you climbed the monkey bars with them?

For all of us who has a kid who's repeated a naughty word at just the right time, we all know that our kids watch us. They are the ultimate mimics. The best way to teach them that being healthy and fit is important is to work for it yourself and get them involved. The same goes for any negative self-talk. In our house "fat" and "skinny" are bad words. We don't use them to describe people, especially ourselves. I want my children's sense of self-worth to come from who they are as people and their accomplishments,  so we try very hard not to use those kinds of labels.

What are some ways - no matter your budget or life situation - that you focus on health and fitness and get your kids involved? What more would you like to do? Are you cognizant about how you speak about yourself and your body around your children, especially your daughters?

by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (41-50):
Leelee1008
by Member on Apr. 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

yes! This is what I plan on doing again. Our car is broke down right now as well, so the past 2 days I have been walking to the store for a few things we need. I can definatly feel the burn in my legs LOL.

Quoting splatz:

I need to do way more. Now that the weather is nice we will go back on our daily walks. Before we used to walk at least an hour once a day, sometimes twice.


Leelee1008
by Member on Apr. 2, 2012 at 8:49 AM

My boys play baseball. 3 days a week we have practice, and the coach works them hard. They also run around at home and play alot of sports. I think its great for them.

ceciliam
by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

We take hikes in the park, we swim, we do Yoga together, we do fitness evolved together on Kinect and just recently started playing Squash.

My son practicing Yoga


jessicasmom1
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

get up and move!! 

momkaribg
by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

 We use our treadmill and try to go outdoors as much as possible.

momkaribg
by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

 My oldest Son is involved in lots of sports.

Bmat
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I do watch how I talk about myself, and I encourage activity.

dusky_rose
by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I need to start walking again too. My youngest son loves walking to the closest elementary school and playing on the playground when the kids aren't there.

Quoting Leelee1008:

yes! This is what I plan on doing again. Our car is broke down right now as well, so the past 2 days I have been walking to the store for a few things we need. I can definatly feel the burn in my legs LOL.

Quoting splatz:

I need to do way more. Now that the weather is nice we will go back on our daily walks. Before we used to walk at least an hour once a day, sometimes twice.




I'm thankful for a hubby that loves me, 4 healthy children, a warm
place to sleep and enough food for our meals... God bless America!

Madelaine
by Member on Apr. 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

walks

LOswald0314
by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

 Yes-we love family walks and playing outside.

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